At least, about three Nigerians are reportedly dead following VAR’s disapproval of Victor Osimhen’s 85th minute effort and consequently awarding a penalty to South Africa which eventually put the game at 1- 1 stalemate.
A published report posted by Kenneth Mmadu has it that High Chief Osondu Nwoye ( otherwise known as Angus) was the richest Igbo businessman based in Cote D’Ivoire before the Nigeria, South Africa semi final encounter.
He was a good Igbo and a patriotic Nigerian. Nwoye loved football and everything that had to do with. In the ongoing African Nations Cup, Nwoye had been central in mobilising support for the Eagles, thereby adding colour, glamour and fanfare to the Nigerian team.
Sadly, according to a trending report., “What the late Anambra-born billionaire did not see coming was that watching his darling Super Eagles play against Bafana Bafana was ultimately going to cost him his life”.
The report added, “He travelled to Bourke City, in the northern part of Cote D’Ivoire that hosted the Super Eagles match, to watch his darling Super Eagles.
“The High Chief was on top of the moon, shouting on top of his voice, when Victor 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 for his fragile heart, which failed immediately. He collapsed. Frantic efforts were made to revive him and he was immediatly rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.
“While the whole country was rejoicing and celebrating Nigeria’s victory, 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 and provided succour to many in that community.
His immediate family is in mourning too.
They just lost a friend, a father, and a benefactor”.
There was also the report that former President Goodluck Jonathan’s chief of staff, Cairo Ojugbo, also slumped and died the moment the Egyptian referee signaled, after visiting VAR, that Victor’s goal was invalid and there after awarding a penalty to South Africa which was neatly converted.
And in Adamawa State, it was reported that a corps member also slumped and died moment after South Africa got the equalizer. However, Nigeria won 4 – 2 on penalties.