Beirut explosion: How Nigerian footballer survived deadly blast

A Nigerian footballer resident in Beirut, Ifeanyi Vincent, has narrated his near death experience after witnessing the deadly blast in the Lebanon capital which claimed over a hundred lives.

At least 100 people were killed and 4,000 wounded in the massive explosion that rocked half of Beirut on Tuesday, state-run media reported, citing the Red Cross.

However, Vincent who arrived the Lebanese capital in January for trials, told The PUNCH he lives close to the explosion spot, adding that he was lucky to be alive.

His words, “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.”

“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.

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