Fri. Mar 1st, 2024

By Sola Ojewusi

Two other Nigerians reportedly lost their lives in Asaba and Adamawa

The victory of the Super Eagles yesterday had its tragic flip side as High Chief Osondu Nwoye, the richest Igbo businessman based in Ivory Coast, met an untimely demise while watching the Super Eagles’ match against South Africa in Bouake.

The late Anambra-born billionaire, known for his thriving business ventures, was reportedly in high spirits before the tragic incident.

A passionate football enthusiast and ardent supporter of the Nigerian national team, High Chief Osondu travelled to Bouake to witness the match firsthand. Eyewitnesses described him as jubilant, particularly when Osimen scored what seemed like a decisive goal, only to have it controversially overturned by VAR.

However, the sudden turn of events, with the goal being canceled and a penalty awarded to South Africa, appeared to take a toll on High Chief Osondu. Witnesses recounted how he collapsed inside the stadium, despite frantic attempts to revive him. Rushed to the hospital, he was pronounced dead, leaving behind a community in mourning and a family devastated by the loss of a beloved patriarch.

Hailing from the Amanuike community in Anambra State, High Chief Osondu was revered as an influential figure who generously supported those in need. His passing marks a profound loss not only for his family and community but also for the business world where he left an indelible mark.

The tragic incident serves as a sobering reminder of the risks associated with high-stress situations, particularly for individuals with underlying health conditions such as high blood pressure. As the nation mourns the loss of High Chief Osondu and others who tragically perished while watching the match, it underscores the importance of prioritizing health and well-being, even in the midst of fervent sporting events.

While the nation celebrates on one hand, it’s a somber moment for those who lost loved ones during what should have been a joyous occasion. Among the casualties were ex-Rep Member Dr Cairo Ojougboh who died while watching in Asaba and a youth corps member serving in Adamawa, highlighting the sobering reality of the dangers inherent in watching football matches.

Late Dr Ojougboh

As the nation grapples with these tragedies, may the souls of those who lost their lives rest in peace, and may their families find solace in the memories of their loved ones.

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