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AFCON 2023: Super Eagles mourn fans’ deaths during semifinals match

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The Super Eagles have expressed sadness over the deaths of their fans during the semifinals of the ongoing African Cup of Nations on Thursday.

No fewer than five people died while watching the match between the Super Eagles and Bafana Bafana of South Africa on Wednesday.

While mourning the fans via its X handle, the Super Eagles wrote, “During our semi-final match, we tragically lost a 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.”

The Super Eagles prayed that the souls of the departed “find eternal peace, forever remembered for their love of football and the togetherness it brings. Rest in peace.”

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Chronicle NG reports that a former member of the House of Representatives who represented the Ika Federal Constituency of Delta State, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, reportedly died while watching the AFCON semi-finals.

Also, Mokail Osundiji, a sales representative said to be working with Nestle Plc, reportedly slumped and died while watching the match in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Furthermore, an Anambra State-born businessman, Chief Osondu Nwoye, from Amanuke in Awka North Local Government Area, but a resident of Abidjan, was also reported dead.

Others who tragically died while watching the match include the deputy bursar of Kwara State University, Malete; Alhaji Ayuba Abdullahi; and a Nigerian graduate and corps member named Samuel.

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They all collapsed and died as a result of the referee nullifying Nigeria’s second goal against South Africa, which was scored by striker Victor Osimhen, and awarding a penalty kick to South Africa.

Nigeria and the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire, will play in the Nations Cup final on Sunday, having won their semi-final matches against South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, respectively.

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