It may sound unbelievable but it is true that many people have died for their obsessive Zeal for football. In other words, they are so fanatical that they can murder or commit suicide.
While it does not look criminal to love football; to support a team or even be a fan of a particular footballer, the game has brought more crime in the recent time. It is a money spinning business and thus creates death, especially among fans who gamble with their fortunes to make some money.
In December, 2015, a Kenyan fan of Manchester United killed himself because his club lost to Newcastle United. It was not revealed anyway if he had engaged in the betting game.
John Macharia, 28, jumped from a multi-storey apartment block in the capital, Nairobi and died.
In 2009, another Kenyan Arsenal fan Suleiman Omondi, 29, was found hanging in his flat after the Gunners were trounced 3-1 by Manchester United in the second leg of a Champions League semi-final.
After Germany humiliated Brazil in the last world cup, a Brazilian fan, a 15-year-old girl in Nepal who was following the fortunes of Brazil from her remote village, located around 250 miles from the capital city Kathmandu hanged herself.
She was mocked by her friends but instead of tolerating the molestation, Nepal quietly entered her room and hanged herself.
On Sunday a 34-year-old Nigerian Obinna Durumchukwu was stabbed to death by his roommate, Michael Chukwuma, 22, following an argument over two footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
According to investigations, the two Nigerians were partying at their rented flat at Mahesh building, Ostwal Nagri, Nalasopara (east), India when the argument started.
The two drunk friends took the argument far to their balcony where the situation turned to a serious brawl that led to the murdering of Durumchukwu by Chukwuma on Sunday night.
There are millions of Nigerians who are fans of some of the European clubs. The irony is that the clubs do not recognize these teeming fans neither do they identify with them. The gullibility or perhaps stupidity of many of the fanatical fans had led to untimely deaths of many football enthusiasts in this part of the world.
What does it take to love Messi, is it death? Why must Nigerian youths maim themselves in the guise of loving Ronaldo?
The Minister of Youths, Sports and Social Development, Barrister Solon Dalund will have to take his job beyond meddling into the affairs of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF and the hiring and firing of coaches.
There is serious need to sensitize the youths about how to be a football fan. Loving football should not lead to killing the fans.