AFCON 2023: Four Nigerian lives lost in tense semi-final clash with South Africa

From L to R: Chief Osondu Nwoye, a notable Nigerian businessman, Alhaji Ayuba Abdullahi, Deputy Bursar at KWASU, and Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, three of the four individuals who succcumbed during Nigeria's semi final clash with South Africa (Photo/Collage)

Lagos, (NG):- At least four Nigerian individuals including a government official met untimely deaths during the AFCON 2023 semi-finals, casting a shadow over the otherwise anticipated football showdown between the Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana.

Dr Cairo Ojougboh, a distinguished Nigerian politician and former House of Representatives Member in Delta State was among the four individuals who lost their lives.

The tragic incident unfolded as South Africa scored a last-minute equalizer, prompting Ojougboh to collapse while engrossed in the game.

Chief Osondu Nwoye, a notable Nigerian businessman and CEO of Groupe Auto Promotion, met a sorrowful end after a goal was cancelled during the game. The unexpected collapse marked the conclusion of Nwoye’s life, leaving a void in the business community.

Another casualty was a Nigerian graduate who succumbed during the penalty shootout. Expressing a dislike for such situations moments before, the graduate’s sudden collapse underscored the unpredictability of life and sports.

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In a separate incident, Alhaji Ayuba Abdullahi, a respected Nigerian University Staff and the Deputy Bursar of KWASU passed away while immersed in the AFCON clash. His demise further contributed to the sombre atmosphere surrounding the semi-finals.

Despite the tragic losses, the Super Eagles secured a hard-fought victory over South Africa, ultimately advancing to the AFCON 2023 Final.

The nation now grapples with mourning the departed while navigating the emotional complexities intertwined with the beautiful game of football.

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As the spotlight shifts to the showdown, the memories of these four lives lost during the semi-finals serve as a poignant reminder of the fragility of life, even in the midst of the exhilarating world of sports.

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