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Akpoborie: Okwaraji Was Not Our Only Hero

Akpoborie: Okwaraji Was Not Our Only Hero

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Former Super Eagles striker Jonathan Akpoborie has refused to back some sections of Nigerian football fans
advocating for the naming of the Lagos National Stadium after the late Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the demise of the former Green Eagles midfielder who held
Africa spellbound with his football skills, but Akpoborie while speaking exclusively with Completesportsnigeria.com shot down the idea of naming the legendary Lagos National Stadium after the fallen hero.

“He died a hero quite alright. Dedicated footballer (Name the stadium after Okwaraji?) For what? Please!

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Akpoborie then went on to remind all and sundry that Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets in 1985 won the FIFA/Kodak U-16
World Cup in China, the first time an African side would win a FIFA organised competition.

“11th of August was the day Nigeria won the FIFA U17 tournament for the first time in 1985. Did you remember that?

“It’s not just the authorities that has a problem, Nigerians just don’t have a culture to celebrate their own.

“So please don’t blame anybody, because you (the media) are also guilty,” Akpoborie stressed.

The former Hansa Rostock, VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg of Germany striker however would not confirm to
Completesportsnigeria.com if there was any unfulfilled promises made to the then Golden Eaglets side coached by
Sebastien Imasuen brodericks that won the Cadet World Cup in China 29 years ago.

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  • Akpoborie, I have a question for you. If you were the one that slumped and died that fateful day in active duty for your country, do you think your family or colleagues (especially those on the field with you that day) should or should not agitate for honouring your memory?

    With your response you desecrate the memory of a dead man. Big shame on you for your flippant response (which had become your trademark anyways).

  • lakeside 7 years ago

    Unbelievable! I’m shocked that a former footballer could make such remark about an illustrious son who died while in active service donning the colours of the Super eagles. Naming the stadium after him would be the best honour they can give the late Samuel Okwaraji, his family and fans since he had his last breath on the pitch. He was a wonder playing for the National team in his days. Who the hell is Akpoborie? how on earth would he compare the dead with an U-17 team? That dude needs to be laid down and flogged with a whip, that was a very insensitive remark he made.

  • Prince Ezeh 7 years ago

    This Jonathan is a big shame to ex footballer, Joe you are wicked, heartless and will suffer for politicizing the death of SAM which the entire Nigerians knew quit well that he deserves national honor, you would have die in his place and receive the honor,if that is what your problem is,shameless fool.

  • Justin 7 years ago

    What do you expect from an Urhobo man? It is their trade in stock to jealous, envy and argue over nothing! The government should please name the stadium after Okwaraji.

  • It is indeed shameful of Akpoborie to have made such abysmal remarks about a fellow sportman who gave his life while doing the nation proud. Well he has shown what kind of a friend his friends have in him. Akpoborie should know that even in death Sam’s fame far surpassed his arrogance as a living man. What a shame!

  • CHARLIE SAN PEDRO 7 years ago

    JONATHAN AKPOBORIE there’s an adage in Igbo land that says that when an idol begins to feel too important, the tree whose wood was used in carving him out will be showned to him.
    Is it because that and your ALL ABOVE 25 pack of frauding friends managed somehow to deceived the soccer world in 1985 that you want to be compared with a real patriot like bro. Sam? must you comment on every issue? don’t you think it will be wiser for you to keep your dirty mouth buttoned atimes?

  • lambert 7 years ago

    Shame u even played for Nigeria no wonder you where never a regular. Jo u are no body in Nigeria football. The late Coach deserves some respect from Govt. no comparism Bro but not same with SAM. a great player like Etim speaks u too dey talk?.

  • lambert 7 years ago

    Shame u even played for Nigeria no wonder you where never a regular. Jo u are no body in Nigeria football. The late Coach deserves some respect from Govt. there`s no comparism Bro with SAM. a great player like Etim speaks u too dey talk?.