The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Monday, marked the 30th anniversary of the death of football star, Samuel Okwaraji, Igbere TV reports.
Igbere TV reports that Okwaraji died while playing for Nigeria at the National Stadium, Surulere, August 12, 1989.
NFF shared a video in memory of the late footballer, in a tweet obtained by Igbere TV from @theNFF.
“We still feel and respect the labours of our heroes past, and we want to say today, being the 30th year that Late Okwaraji passed on while playing, we still feel the sacrifice and patriotism that he showed, playing for this great country. And we have learnt great lessons from that patriot, even as we continue to use his attitude to guide young talents”, Amaju Pinnick, president of NFF said in the video.
“It’s been 30 years since this real and true Nigerian Patriot passed on while on duty for the country. Keep resting in peace, Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji. #WeRememberSam”, the tweet further read.
Apart from being a footballer, who played for Nigeria, Okwaraji was also a lawyer who had Masters in International Law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.
Born on May 19, 1964, Okwaraji died on the field after suffering heart attack, as the Ambulance brought in to evacuate him reportedly refused to start.