‘We Will Lift AFCON Trophy For You,’ Super Eagles Pay Tribute To Deceased Fans

While watching Wednesday's AFCON semi-final between South Africa and Nigeria, the Super Eagles paid respect to those who lost their lives.

"We held a minute of silence yesterday in honour of the four good Nigerians who lost their lives in the game. They are in need of our support right now, and insha'Allah, we will lift that trophy for them on Sunday." In a brief video, Ahmed Musa, the Nigerian team captain, made a plea for the surviving family members of the deceased.

Four people lost their lives on Wednesday night while watching the semi-final match, including Cairo Ojougboh, a former executive director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Additionally captured on camera were head coach Jose Peseiro and other members of his coaching staff holding a minute silence in their honour.
Following the tribute, there was a brief prayer led by Chidozie Awaziem, a 27-year-old central defender for Boavista of the Primeira Liga. In it, he asked God to keep Nigerians safe as they watch their team play Côte d'Ivoire on Sunday.