The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Sunday, remembered a football hero, Samuel Somtochukwu Okwaraji, who died 29 years ago.
In a tweet, they eulogised the Imo state born football legend for his patriotism and heroic escapade which unfortunately came to an abrupt end on 12th of August, 1989.
While emphasising that he was a patriot in the truest sense of the word, the NFF joined their voice with others all over the nation to pray for the Super Eagles midfielder’s eternal rest.
We remember former Super Eagles midfielder #SamuelOkwaraji who passed on to glory on this day in 1989. He was such a patriot in the truest sense of the word. Keep resting Samuel Somtochukwu Okwaraji ( 19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) #WeRememberOkwaraji pic.twitter.com/UgQUq7hFIu
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) August 12, 2018
Okwaraji was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the University of Rome.
He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.
He was only 25 when he died.