Worker dies at Eagles’ World Cup match stadium

THE 2014 World Cup has again been hit by tragedy with just 33 days to the commencement of the largest single-sport spectacle, in Brazil.

Muhammad´Ali Maciel Afonso’s death at Arena Pantanal in the western city of Cuiaba on Thursday brings to eight the number of people who have died in accidents during the building of the 12 stadiums for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), quoting the statement of a regional government official, said 32-year-old Afonso died after he was hit by an electrical discharge while working on level 20 of the stadium.

The Arena Pantanal will play host to four World Cup group matches in June and one of these is Nigeria’s second match against Bosnia Herzegovina on June 21. The three other matches to be played at the Arena Pantanal are Chile versus Australia (Group B, June 13); Russia versus South Korea (Group H, June 17) and Japan versus Colombia (Group C, June 24).

The African champions will play their other two Group F matches at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba (against Iran) on June 16 and at Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre (against Argentina) on June 25.

The Arena Pantanal is one of several stadiums still to be finished with just weeks to go before the World Cup begins.

Several of the 12 stadiums did not meet their end-of-year deadline to be ready and are just being delivered to FIFA at the last minute.

A construction worker died in March after falling 25ft (8m) at the Sao Paulo stadium. In November, two workers were killed at the same stadium when a crane collapsed.

In February, a Portuguese man was hit by a crane part and died while working at the Arena Amazonia, in Manaus.

He became the third person to die in an accident at the north Brazilian stadium where England and Italy will start their World Cup campaign.

Another man died in the Mane Garrincha stadium, in the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, in 2012.

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