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Nigerian football icon Samuel Okwaraji tragically passed away on the field during a Super Eagles match against Angola.

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After securing a quarterfinal victory against Angola in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023, the Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, paid homage to the late Samuel Okwaraji. Nigeria emerged triumphant against Angola, becoming the first nation to secure a spot in the semifinals on Friday night, as reported by Pulse Sports Nigeria.

Ademola Lookman’s impressive performance inspired the Eagles to a hard-fought win over the Palancas Negras, prompting the Super Eagles to share their success on social media. In a tweet on X.com, they celebrated the victory while commemorating Okwaraji, who tragically collapsed and passed away during a game against the same team in 1989.

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The tweet on X highlighted Okwaraji’s untimely death as a poignant reminder of the unwavering spirit of Nigerian football, marking the 35th anniversary of his passing.

“Today’s (yesterday) victory over Angola is a poignant reminder of the adamant spirit of Nigerian football,” stated the post on X.

“As we celebrate this triumph, we also honor the memory of the late Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji, who tragically left us while playing against Angola 35 years ago. His passion for the game and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace, Samuel Okwaraji; your legacy lives on. #WeRememberOkwaraji #RIP”

By defeating Angola once again, the Super Eagles not only secured their place in the AFCON semifinals but also paid tribute to Okwaraji’s enduring passion and sacrifice for representing his country.

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