2023 AFCON Final: “Winning The Trophy Remains The Best Way To Console Those They Left Behind: – Troost Ekong
According to Vanguard, as the African Cup of Nations reaches its climactic finale pitting Nigeria’s Super Eagles against Cote d’Ivoire’s Elephants, the stakes transcend mere sport…CONTINUE READING..
Tragically, the fervor of Nigerian fans has exacted a profound toll, with several losing their lives during the nail-biting semifinal encounter against South Africa. This unprecedented loss casts a somber shadow over what should be a celebration of football.
The sacrifice made by these fans underscores the deep-rooted passion Nigerians hold for their national team. The six individuals who tragically passed away while supporting their beloved Eagles have not been forgotten. Captain Troost Ekong, alongside his teammates, solemnly acknowledges their sacrifice and is determined to ensure their memory is honored.
Captain Troost Ekong, who has warded off danger from the defence of the Eagles, was so touched when he said: ‘’Winning the trophy remains the only best way to console those they left behind and to ensure that they rest in peace. It hit us too hard. I lack words to convey my condolences.’’
In poignant tributes, players like Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Moses Simon express their heartfelt condolences and resolve to channel their grief into victory on the field. Their sentiments are echoed by goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali and the entire team, united in their commitment to lift the AFCON trophy in remembrance of those who have passed.
Among the fallen are esteemed figures like former House of Representatives member Dr. Cairo Ojougboh, sales representative Mikail Osundiji, and businessman Chief Osondu Nwoye. Their untimely deaths serve as a poignant reminder of the emotional rollercoaster that accompanies football fandom.
As the Super Eagles prepare to battle on the field, they carry with them the spirits of the departed fans, determined to secure a historic fourth AFCON title for Nigeria.
The Stade Olympique Alassane Ouattara in Ebimpé will bear witness to a match imbued with meaning far beyond the confines of the pitch. In victory, the Super Eagles aim to provide solace to grieving families and ensure that the memory of their fallen comrades lives on...CONTINUE READING..
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