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AFCON 2023: ‘They Were Unaware Of Looming Danger’ – Super Eagles React To Death Of Ojougboh, Others

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Super Eagles have reacted to the recent death of some of their supporters amid the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Ivory Coast.

Five Nigerians reportedly died while watching the AFCON semi-final match between the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Wednesday night.

The match was tension-soaked even as the Super Eagles defeated South Africa in penalty shootouts after the match ended in a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

According to reports, those who died watching the match included a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Cairo Ojougboh; a corps member serving in Adamawa State, simply identified as Samuel; Deputy Bursar, Kwara State University, Malete, Ayuba Abdullahi; and Mikail Osundiji of Olomoore area of Abeokuta, Ogun State.

It was also gathered that one Anambra-born businessman, Osondu Nwoye, who was based in Cote d’Ivoire, reportedly collapsed inside the stadium and later died in a hospital.

Reacting to the development, Super Eagles in a tweet on X late last night, prayed for their souls to find eternal rest.

“During the course of our semi-final match, we tragically lost few supporters. In a cruel twist of fate, their fervent passion for the beautiful game unwittingly led them to their final moments As the Nigeria vs South Africa match unfolded, they were lost in the thrill of the game, unaware of the looming danger,” Super Eagles tweeted.

“May their souls find eternal peace, forever remembered for their love of football and the togetherness it brings. Rest in peace.”

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