At least four individuals tragically lost their lives while watching the semi-final match between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the ongoing 2023 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote D’Ivoire.
The deceased include Cairo Ojougboh, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Ayuba Abdullahi, Deputy Bursar of Kwara State University, a corps member serving in Adamawa State identified as Samuel, and Osondu Nwoye, an Anambra-born businessman based in Cote d’Ivoire.
Additionally, a sales representative in Abeokuta, Mikail Osundiji, also lost his life during the match. Cairo Ojougboh, a former member of the House of Representatives, suffered a heart attack and collapsed in his house in Abuja when a penalty kick was awarded against Nigeria, resulting in an equalizer for South Africa.
Despite being rushed to the hospital, he was pronounced dead. Ayuba Abdullahi, the Deputy Bursar of Kwara State University, also experienced health complications while watching the match.
He complained of dizziness and collapsed at home. He was rushed to a private hospital but sadly passed away before receiving medical attention.
A young NYSC Corps member from Kaduna State, Samuel, fainted just before the final kick that secured Nigeria’s victory.
Unfortunately, he passed away before reaching the hospital. Osondu Nwoye, a prominent Igbo businessman based in Cote d’Ivoire, reportedly suffered a heart attack at the stadium while watching the match.
Despite immediate medical attention, his life could not be saved. Mikail Osundiji, a sales representative, tragically lost his life in Abeokuta.
He suffered a shock after Nigeria’s second goal was cancelled and a penalty was awarded against the Super Eagles. He collapsed at the viewing center and was pronounced dead at a private hospital.
This article was updated 2 weeks ago