Nigerian national team players and officials held a minute of silence in honour of some fans who died during their semi-final win over South Africa.
There were series of reports of people collapsing in different parts of the country while watching the high stakes semi-final game on Wednesday, Feb 7.
Some of the five reported deceased fans include APC chieftain, Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Deputy Bursar, Kwara State University, Malete, Ayuba Abdullahi and an NYSC member.
Nigeria qualified for the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nigerians, after defeating Bafana Bafana of South Africa 4-2 on penalties.
During the Super Eagles meeting on Thursday, February 8, captain of the Nigerian team, Ahmed Musa shared the news with the rest of the squad.
The 31-year-old Sivasspor forward prayed for the souls of the departed, as they stood and observed the moment of silence.
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CorrectNG reported that Dr Cairo Ojougboh, a former member of the House of Representatives, slumped when a penalty was awarded against Nigeria in the 88th minute of the game.
He was said to have first screamed in shock before he collapsed to the ground due to a massive heart attack.
“As soon as a penalty kick was awarded against Nigeria during the AFCON match with South Africa on Wednesday’s semi-final clash in Bouake, Ivory Coast, Dr. Ojougboh was reported to have screamed, and then collapsed,” a source said.