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Beirut explosion: I thought I would die, says Nigerian footballer


A Nigerian footballer plying his trade in Beirut, the Lebanon city where an explosion killed no fewer than 100 people and left 4,000 injured, has said narrated his experience during the blast.

The Nigerian, Ifeanyi Vincent, says he thought he was going to die in the explosion.

Vincent arrived the Lebanese capital in January for trials, but was yet to get a contract largely due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, which halted sporting activities globally.

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The Nigerian said he lives close to the explosion spot, adding that he was lucky to be alive.

“I can tell you that I’m really close to the spot of the blast. I’m in Dora in Beirut, where the blast happened. We were all confused, there were thick dark smokes everywhere, then the major blast happened and it was just like a smash on the face,” Vincent said.

“The first thing that came to my mind was that war had started. I was in a hotel and I was scared that the building was going to sink, and that I was going to die. Everywhere was shaking and the walls and roofs were trembling.

“Everything was scary and confusing. I don’t wish this for any country. It was a very terrible day.

“I ran out almost immediately because I thought staying inside was not going to help me. Everyone was outside trying to figure out what had happened.

“People were running, buildings were destroyed, it was really terrible.” 

Vincent said everywhere was calm in Lebanon after the blast, but added that the citizens were still scared.

“Everyone is scared because they don’t know if the explosion will happen again.”