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AFCON: Super Eagles observe minute silence for lives lost

The Super Eagles on Thursday night observed a minute silence in honour of the lives of Nigerians lost in the course of Nigeria’s semi-final match against South Africa

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than four persons died, Wednesday night while watching the semi-final match at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)

They include a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh; Deputy Bursar, Kwara State University, Malete, Ayuba Abdullahi, and a corps member serving in Adamawa, simply identified as Samuel, among others.

Anambra-born businessman Osondu Nwoye, based in Cote d’Ivoire, was also reported to have collapsed inside the stadium while watching the match and died later in hospital.

Nigeria booked a berth to the AFCON final after a dramatic penalty shootout win against Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

The Super Eagles prevailed 4-2 on penalties following a nervy and captivating 1-1 draw at the end of 120 minutes.

A video posted on the Super Eagles’ official X handle (formerly Twitter) saw the team observing a minute of silence after their dinner for all the lives lost during the game.

Captain Ahmed Musa, who led the session, expressed the team’s heart-felt condolence for the families of those affected by the tragedy, adding that the team identifies with them in this difficult time of their lives

“Yesterday (Wednesday), we lost four good Nigerians because of our semi-final game against South Africa.

“So, we will observe one minute of silence, and afterwards pray for God to give their families the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

“There is nothing we can do but to identify with them in this difficult time of their lives because they need our support right now.

“Insha Allah, on Sunday, we are going to lift that trophy for them and for our country,” he said.

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