The Super Eagles of Nigeria have promised to lift the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy in honour of four Nigerians who died while watching their semi-final match against Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
The captain of the national soccer team, Ahmed Musa, made the promise while leading a solemn session by the Super Eagles players and officials to mourn the deceased on Thursday.
The deceased include a prominent chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta State and former federal lawmaker, Chief Cairo Ojougboh, the deputy bursar of Kwara State University, Ayuba Abdullahi, a Corps member serving in Adamawa State, Samuel, and a Cote d’Ivoire based Anambra State-born businessman.
A minute silence was observed in honour of the deceased while a member of the Super Eagles, Chidozie Collins Awaziem, led a prayer for the repose of their souls.
Nigeria will battle host country Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday in the 2023 AFCON final.