In a tragic turn of events, at least five Nigerians lost their lives while watching the intense semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d‘Ivoire.
The fatalities occurred during critical moments of the game, leading to a somber atmosphere among football fans.
The deceased individuals include a serving member of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) identified as Samuel, who tragically passed away at a viewing centre in Adamawa.
Additionally, a former member of the House of Representatives, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, lost his life while watching the game.
The deputy bursar of Kwara State University (KWASU), Alhaji Ayuba Abdullahi, also succumbed to the tension of the encounter.
Furthermore, a sales representative in Ogun State, Mikail Osundiji, was reported to have tragically passed away during the match.
Unconfirmed reports have also surfaced regarding the alleged death of Anambra-born billionaire, Chief Osondu Nwoye, who resided in Ivory Coast.
The nation mourns the loss of these individuals, and this tragic incident serves as a solemn reminder of the powerful emotions and deep connections associated with the beautiful game of football.