The Nigeria Football Federation has paid glowing tribute to the late Super Eagles midfielder, Samuel Okwaraji, on the 30th anniversary of his death, Completesports.com reports.
Okwaraji collapsed and died of congestive failure on August 12, 1989 during – a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixtures against the Palacans Negras of Angloa at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
“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,” reads a Tweet on NFF’s Twitter handle.
The NFF also shared a video in memory of the late Okwaraji with a short message by the president of the body, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
“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.”
Okwaraji was capped eight times by Nigeria and scored once.
By Adeboye Amosu