Nigerian football stars who died on the pitch

Nigerian football stars who died on the pitch

The game of football is arguably the most watched sporting event in the world considering the excitement and the superb entertainment the round leather game gives to it followers.

Players are the major characters in the game of football as many of them like Victor Moses, Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Alvaro Morata, Neymar have their fans all over the world.

However, there are some Nigerian football stars who have died on the pitch leaving ugly memories in the minds of their lovers and have thrown their families into deep mourning.

1. Samuel Okwaraji

Many Nigerian football lovers are still battling with the pains the death of Samuel Okwaraji brought considering how superb he was on the field during his active playing days.

Okwaraji died on August 12, 1989 while playing for Nigeria in a World Cup qualifier against Angola.

Nigerian football stars who died on the pitch

Late Samuel Okwaraji (photo: 247 News)

2. Emmanuel Ogoli

The death of Emmanuel Ogoli caused many pains in the minds of many football followers in the country considering how excellent Ogoli was playing from left-full back.

He was tipped to enter the Super Eagles before he died in December 2010 while playing for defunct Ocean Boys in a Nigeria Premier League match.

3. John Ikoroma

In February 2000, Nigerian player John Ikoroma thrown his families into serious mourning when he died in the United Arab Emirates where he had gone for trials at Al Wahda.

The player until his death was a member of the Nigerian U-17 squad and also Nigeria Premier League club Enugu Rangers.

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4. Azeez Saka

Nigerian football stars who died on the pitch

Azeez Saka interred after his death (photo: Sportsspro)

Former Kwara United defender Azeez Saka was the son of former African and Commonwealth Table Tennis champion Kasali Lasisi, and he died on the pitch in May 2017 while training with his team in Ilorin, Kwara state.

5. Endurance Idahor

Nigerian football stars who died on the pitch

Late Endurance Idahor (photo: Anchetron)

Endurance was a Nigerian football player who played for Sudanese club Al-Merreikh. On 6 March 2010, Idahor collapsed during a League game and later died despite serious efforts to resuscitate his life.

Previously, NAIJ.com had reported how this Nigeria football star slumped and died in training.

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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