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Ex-Chiefs Man’s Flat Hit By Rocket

The flat of a former Kaizer Chiefs striker was hit by a rocket strike, with his wife and two daughters also being inside at the time of impact.

Retired Nigerian forward Ibezito Ogbonna, who was on the books of Amakhosi between 2008 and 2010 relocated to Isreal with his family in 2017.

He was at home in the Israeli city of Ashdod with his wife and two daughters last week when their building was hit by a rocket fired from Gaza last week. 

His family were unhurt, but Ogbonna suffered minor injuries and had to be taken to hospital.

“I am extremely lucky to be alive after this rocket was fired and it’s third time lucky for me after being involved in a car crash and a horrible robbery incident in Nigeria,” Ogbonna told BBC Sport Africa.

“We were all aware of the attempt [possible strike] and we always get the warning signs about possible missiles. We often hear as sirens echoed across the city streets which tends to prompt people to rush to a shelter.

“On this day I was having breakfast and I heard the wailing siren. Normally, we’d run to the shelter because every house has its own shelter. I felt it’s the normal warning, but within seconds it turned out to be an unlucky day for me.

“I heard the loud bang of the rocket and felt the immediate impact, I was thrown into the air and it took me from my dinning room to my living room.

“I could see glasses and other objects flying around me. I hit the ground, I stood up to look around for my family. They were very lucky too, my wife had taken cover with my daughters, I think one of the doors landed on her.

“I could see the whole building was gone. We are talking about a four-storey building with about 30 people. The security doors between my kitchen and living room ripped out and everything totally wrecked.

“Cars were smashed and it was then I realised I had a cut and my knee was hurting badly before the paramedics took me in an ambulance to the hospital.

“I was in the hospital for a few hours. I was treated and had different tests just to check that everything was okay with me. They weren’t sure I was fine considering what had happened.”

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