AFCON Organizers Tighten Security Around Super Eagles and Other Nations as Gunmen Kill Senator

AFCON Organizers Tighten Security Around Super Eagles and Other Nations as Gunmen Kill Senator

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
In this article:
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  • Cameroonian senator Henry Kemende has been killed by gunmen which has brought tension to AFCON organizers
  • And in their bid to make sure that nothing happen to the players playing at AFCON, organizers have called for more security
  • Super Eagles of Nigeria beat Cameroon in their first game and they are in Garoua preparing for second tie with Sudan

Cameroonian government and the Organizers for the 2021 African Cup of Nations have reportedly tightened security around the Super Eagles and other nations campaigning at the AFCON.

This latest development comes just a week after the start of the African Cup of Nations in Cameroon as a senator Henry Kemende was shot dead by separatist fighters.

The deceased was reported to have been shot dead at close range in the northwestern city of Bamenda thereby throwing the region into serious tension.

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Super Eagles players in action against Cameroon at AFCON. Photo by DANIEL BELOUMOU OLOMO
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According to the report on Guardian, authorities in charge of the African Cup of Nations decided to increase the security men on ground for the smooth running of the competition.

Where is the camp of the Super Eagles?

Super Eagles of Nigeria who are three-time African champions have been in Garoua since they arrived Cameroon as they defeated Egypt in their first game at the AFCON.

Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winning goal for Nigeria as Austin Eguavoen and his men are now looking forward to their second game against Sudan.

What did Sudan play in their first game?

Sudan were lucky in their first game at AFCON against Guinea-Bissau who missed a penalty in the encounter as the tie ended in goalless draw.

European giants celebrate Super Eagles win over Egypt, light their stadium in colour of Nigerian flag

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Maduka Okoye was in goal for Nigeria on Tuesday night, January 11, as Kelechi Iheanacho's goal gave the Super Eagles a 1-0 win over Egypt in their first game at the ongoing AFCON in Cameroon.

The Dutch side however took to their official social media page to celebrate their goalkeeper Maduka Okoye for keeping a cleansheet against the Pharaohs and also wished him well.

In celebrating the Super Eagles, Sparta Rotterdam decided to lit the Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in the famous Green and white colours of Nigeria.

Maduka Okoye has been with Sparta Rotterdam since 2020 and recently the club sold him to Premier League side Watford, but he will be moving to England at the end of the season.

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