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  • Updated: February 09, 2024

AFCON: Avoid watching Nigeria, Ivory Coast clash if you are hypertensive — Ex-commissioner

AFCON: Avoid watching Nigeria, Ivory Coast clash if you are

Remi Omowaiye, a former Osun State Commissioner for Works, has advised Nigerians suffering from hypertension to avoid the impending African Cup of Nations (AFCON) final on Sunday.

This caution follows claims that several football fans died as a result of shock during the semi-final match between the Nigerian Super Eagles and South Africa's Bafana Bafana.

In a statement issued in Osogbo, Omowaiye discussed his personal feelings of concern throughout the semi-final, particularly during the stressful moments when South Africa was awarded a penalty in the 90th minute. 

Reflecting on his reaction, he revealed that he chose not to watch the final match live, preferring to watch the replay after knowing the outcome, in order to reduce emotional and physical stress.

Furthermore, Omowaiye urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to honour the memory of the fans who unfortunately died while watching the semi-final play.

He emphasised the necessity of recognising and honouring committed fans, claiming that those who died in such circumstances need to be remembered.

The statement reads, “The Super Eagles of Nigeria should mourn those who died while watching the semi-final match on Wednesday. I want to advise Nigerians in their interest, especially those managing hypertension.

“They should not watch the final match on Sunday. They better wait till the game ends and watch the replay. The way I felt particularly when a penalty was awarded against Nigeria during the semi-final match, I had never felt like that in my whole life. I was shivering.

“Even after the match, I was still shivering. I advise Nigerians managing hypertension to avoid watching the final match. NFF needs to mourn people who died as a result of shock during the semi-final match.

“A leader of APC in Delta State, Dr Cairo, passed out during the match, and a notable Nigerian businessman operating in Cote D’Ivoire also died. The Deputy Bursar of a university in Kwara State also passed out.

“It was also reported that a Corps member in Kaduna also slumped and died during the match. Those are the ones reported. There may be several other unreported cases.”

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