Uganda fan dies while celebrating Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea unlikely draw

Uganda fan dies while celebrating Arsenal vs Chelsea unlikely draw

Terego, Uganda | URN | In a startling incident that unfolded in Omugo sub-county, Terego district, Uganda, the local community was left in disbelief as a devoted Arsenal fan tragically passed away on Saturday 21, October 2023 while celebrating his team’s unlikely equalizer against Chelsea during the Premier League match.

The game reached a thrilling climax, culminating in a Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea draw at Stamford Bridge, a significant outcome that bolstered Arsenal’s ongoing undefeated streak for the season.

The individual at the center of this unfortunate incident was identified as Fostine Androdribo, a resident of Komendako village situated in Owayi Parish, Omugo sub-county, Terego district.

Philliam Jabo, the chairman of Omugo sub-county and a close neighbor of the deceased, shared the heartbreaking details surrounding the incident. Androdribo was enjoying the game at the Galaxy Video Hall in Komendako Trading Centre when the tragedy unfolded.

As per Jabo’s account, Androdribo’s excitement reached a pinnacle when he leaped to his feet and removed his shirt in jubilation following substitute Leandro Trossard’s 84th-minute equalizer. However, to the shock and dismay of onlookers, he suddenly collapsed.

Arsenal’s Declan Rice (second left) celebrates with his team-mates after scoring their side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London on Saturday October 21, 2023 that ended in a dramatic Arsenal 2-2 Chelsea draw. PA Photo.

Despite the swift actions of those around him who rushed to provide medical assistance, Androdribo was pronounced dead upon reaching Omugo Health IV.

Meanwhile, William Drabo, the late Arsenal enthusiast’s brother, informed the Kampala Dispatch that his sibling had not been known to suffer from any pre-existing medical conditions. He revealed that Androdribo had recently returned to the village from Kampala, where he worked as a security guard, just a week prior to attend the funeral of a relative.

Modesto Acidri, the Local Council I (LCI) chairman of Komendako village, seized the opportunity to call upon the local residents to prioritize routine medical checkups. He emphasized the uncertainty surrounding one’s health and underscored the importance of early medical intervention when necessary.

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Acidri’s advice resonates with the idea that regular checkups are a vital component of maintaining one’s well-being and preventing unforeseen health crises.

The deceased’s body has since been handed over to his family, who declined to authorize a post-mortem examination.

Regrettably, this tragic incident is not the first of its kind involving passionate football fans. Just a month prior, in Sheema District, another Arsenal supporter named Jackson Aineruhanga reportedly met a violent end, allegedly stabbed to death by a Manchester United fan following Arsenal’s triumphant 3-1 victory over the Red Devils.

These incidents serve as a sobering reminder of the fervor and emotions that can sometimes escalate in the world of football fandom.