According to reports, six Nigerians lost their lives on Wednesday night while watching the Super Eagles’ intense semifinal match against South Africa. Super Eagles players attended the team’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final matchup against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and paid respects to the spirits of their fellow compatriots who passed away.
The players also pledged to win the championship game against the Ivory Coast hosts and raise the trophy in remembrance of the deceased Nigerians. Following the devastating news that went viral across the nation following the Super Eagles’ victory over South Africa on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, comes the promise.
Six Nigerians are said to have perished both during and after the heated rivalry game, which the Super Eagles won 4-2 thanks to penalties.
Ayuba Abdullahi, the deputy registrar of Kwara State University (KWASU), and Cairo Ojougboh, a former executive director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), were among the deceased.
In response to the events leading up to the teams’ Thursday night meal, team captain Ahmed Musa declared a minute of silence in honor of the deceased and asked teammate Chidozie Awaziem to offer prayers on their behalf.
“We held a minute of silence yesterday because the game claimed the lives of four good Nigerians. They need our support now, and insha Allah, we will lift that trophy for them on Sunday,” Musa stated in a brief video clip.
Coach Jose Peseiro and his coaching staff were also seen on camera paying respects to the deceased.
The 27-year-old central defender for Primeira Liga team Boavista prayed briefly for God to keep Nigerians safe who are going to see their final match against the hosts.