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Tragedy: Goalkeeper dies after saving penalty 

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A goalkeeper has tragically died from a heart attack seconds after saving a penalty.

Arne Espeel, 25, was in action for Winkel Sport B against Westrozebeke in Belgium on Saturday when the shocking incident occurred.

The stopper’s side were leading 2-1 when the opposition were awarded a spot-kick early in the second half, The SUN reports.

It was gathered that he however managed to keep his team’s advantage as he correctly dived the right way to save the penalty.

But straight after celebrating, the footballer collapsed onto the turf in front of shocked players and the crowd.

Medics raced to the field to try to save the star as emergency services rushed to the scene.

However, Espeel was pronounced dead in the hospital.

The match, which was in the seventh tier, was abandoned.

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The heartbreaking scenes unfolded in front of Espeel’s watching parents and his brother Aaron, who was on the subs’ bench for Winkel Sport.

A club statement after the tragic incident read, “Arne has played for us since he was a kid, and everybody really liked him.

“It’s impossible to understand how something like this could happen to someone so young.

“He had been a completely healthy young lad before,” Winkel sporting director Patrick Rotsaert said, adding, “This is a disaster and a shock for us all.”

He said Arne was a lovely guy, and always ready to help others, describing the goalkeeper’s death as a bitter blow for the family and the entire club.

Winkel’s sister club, Eendracht Hooglede, said, “We were horrified to learn of Arne Espeel’s death.

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“We will hold a minute’s silence in memory of his tragic loss.”

(AFP)

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Cote D’Ivoire win AFCON 2023, defeat Nigeria 2-1, Mbah congratulates Super Eagles

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Cote D’Ivoire win AFCON 2023, defeat Nigeria 2-1
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Ivory Coast came from behind to defeat Nigeria 2-1 in the final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles were looking to lift the trophy for the fourth time in their history.

Jose Peseiro’s men took the lead in the first half through William Troost-Ekong’s header.

But the Ivorians levelled after the break through Franck Kessie’s header.

With a few minutes left in the game, Sebastien Haller flicked the ball past Stanley Nwabali.

The Elephants have now levelled with Nigeria on three continental titles.

Meanwhile, Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu state, has commended the Super Eagles of Nigeria for their good showing at the 2023 African Cup of Nations where they lost slimly to the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire, in the final match, saying they made the nation proud nevertheless.
“Not many people gave the Super Eagles any chance going into the tournament, but they surged all the way to the final. The exploits of the Super Eagles underscores what we can achieve as a nation when we stand together as we have done for weeks that the tournament lasted; and it is my hope that the largely young national team builds on the successes of the tournament, and that as a nation we build on the national concord and purpose displayed in the course of AFCON 2023. Hold your heads high, the Super Eagles, for you made us proud,” Mbah stated.
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AFCON 2023 Final: Nigerian VIPs to storm Cote d’Ivoire in 15 private jets

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Very Important Personalities from Nigeria are set to storm Abidjan, the capital of Cote d’Ivoire for the final match of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday (today) between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.

Today’s encounter between the Super Eagles and The Elephants in Abidjan is due to start at 9pm Nigerian time.

According to information from aviation sources in Abidjan, no fewer than 15 private jets have secured permission to land in the country from Nigeria.

It was learnt that the permissions were sought by private jet owners from the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja; Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital; and Lagos State.

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Akpabio hails Super Eagles gallant victory over South Africa

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Senate President, Godswill Akpabio and Super Eagles

President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio, CON has congratulated Nigeria’s Super Eagles for qualifying for the finals of the TotalEnergies 2023 AFCON by beating the Bafana Bafana of South Africa by 4 – 2 in a penalty shootout.

Akpabio, in a congratulatory message through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh said the result of the match was a product of Nigeria’s team spirit and unwavering resilience.

He said the Nigerian team displayed a high sense of discipline and industry to subdue their South African counterpart.

“On behalf of my family, my constituents, the Senate and the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I wish to heartily congratulate our boys for soaring the skies like the Super Eagles that they are; and the coaching crew for being tactical and professional.

“What the Super Eagles displayed this evening is the Nigerian spirit of resilience and the team work we are known for. From their play pattern, all the players exuded a high level of discipline, cooperation and unity of purpose.

“By this victory, the Super Eagles have affirmed that they are not in Cote D’Ivoire for a party, but to defend our national prestige and will certainly bring the trophy back to Nigeria, by the grace of God.

“While I urge the team not to lose focus until the trophy is ours, I advise Nigerians to savour this victory and imbibe the unity and spirit of resilience exuded by the Super Eagles in believing in Nigeria and the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu that despite the challenges of today, we will certainly smile tomorrow”.

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