How South Africa penalty killed Nigerian politician during AFCON semi-final match

He just screamed and died after referee awarded penalty to Bafana Bafana

A popular Nigerian politician Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, former member of the House of Representatives for the Ika Federal Constituency in Delta State, passed away during the semi-final match of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023 between Nigeria and South Africa. His death, which has been confirmed by sources close to the situation, occurred in a moment of intense anticipation and suspense.

The semi-final match, held in Bouake, Ivory Coast, was a spectacle of adrenaline and national pride. Nigeria’s Super Eagles were battling it out with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, in the hope of securing their place in the finals of the tournament. However, it was during this crucial game that Dr. Ojougboh met his untimely end. As a penalty kick was being awarded against Nigeria, he reportedly collapsed, his heart giving way to the overwhelming tension of the moment.

“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, he slumped,” a source privy to the incident told LEADERSHIP on Thursday.

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A Game of Joy and Sorrow

The game ended in a 4-2 penalty shootout victory in favor of Nigeria, propelling the Super Eagles to the final of the AFCON 2023. It was a moment of joy and celebration for millions of Nigerians. Yet, amidst the cheers and jubilation, a pall of sorrow hung in the air as news of Dr. Ojougboh’s death began to filter through. The victory was bittersweet, a reminder of the thin line between joy and sorrow, life and death.


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