AFCON 2023

Two More Deaths Confirmed During Super Eagles Vs Bafana Bafana Clash  

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

A Nigerian businessman, Chief Osondu Nwoye, on Wednesday, night died while watching the Super Eagles of Nigeria AFCON Semi-Final clash against the South African national team.

This is just as a Corps member simply identified as Samuel from Kaduna State, allegedly passed just before the final kick which secured Nigeria’s win in the match.

The deaths of Chief Osondu and Samuel brings the death toll arising from the pulsating to four so far.

Earlier, Stonix News had reported the sudden death of Dr Cairo Ojougboh and Alhaji Ayuba Abdullahi in Delta and Kwara states respectively during the match on Wednesday.

Chief Osondu’s death was disclosed in a Facebook post uploaded by a user, Chukwudi Iwuchukw, who said that the businessman from Anambra State, in Nigeria’s southeast, collapsed inside the stadium after the Super Eagles’ second goal was cancelled by the referees.

He said all efforts to resuscitate him proved abortive as he was later pronounced dead by the hospital.

“By this time yesterday, High Chief Osondu was still alive, hale, and hearty.

“He travelled to Bourke, the city that hosted the Super Eagles match yesterday, to watch his darling Super Eagles play.

“He loves football and is patriotic for his home country. According to eyewitnesses, the High Chief was on top of the moon, shouting on top of  voice, when Victor Osimhen scored that second goal, which was later cancelled by VAR.

“May be the shock of seeing the goal cancelled and penalty awarded to South Africa was too much to bear for his fragile heart, which failed immediately, which resulted in the High Chief collapsing inside the stadium.

“All the frenetic efforts to revive him failed, as he was rushed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“While the whole country was rejoicing yesterday, the people of the Amanuike community in Anambra State, where he came from, were mourning.

“They just lost an illustrious person, the richest man in the community, who was an iroko who provided shelter, shade, and succour to many in that community. During his lifetime, his title name was Nwachinemelu of Amanuike,” the post read.

The member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) serving in Adamawa State, also reportedly passed during the game.

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