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Friday, 7 January 2011

Sad news. Ex-Super Eagles Player, Uche Okafor dies at 43

Former Nigeria international, Uche Okafor, 43, was found dead at his Dallas, Texas home in the United States of America (USA) early Thursday January 6th.

Ben Iroha, a former Nigerian team-mate of Uche between 1990 and 1994, told that he received the shock news via a telephone conversation from the United States that the 43-year-old has died. “Seriously I still find it hard to believe when I got the call from the US yesterday (Thursday) evening. This is a really sad way to begin the year,” said Iroha.

Iroha added that he is yet to know what really transpired up to the death of his former teammate. “I am yet to know what happened. But I feel so sad to hear this because he was a very marvelous friend and brother,” said the former Heartland assistant coach.

However, there are still no details concerning surrounding the death of the former winner of the Africa Cup of Nations. The former Nigerian footballer was said to have taken his daughter to school early Thursday and was later found dead in his US home.

The police in the United States are said to have cordoned off the home of Okafor, as a coroner is carrying out an inquest into circumstance surrounding his death.

Okafor’s professional career began at defunct ACB of Lagos before he moved to KRC Mechelen.
The late Nigerian player has also played for Hannover 96 before ending his career at Sporting Kansas City, formerly known as Kansas City Wizards.

Late Okafor also featured in one of the four matches of Nigeria’s Super Eagles at the 1994 Fifa World Cup in the USA. He was also a football pundit on African football for ESPN until his death.

So sad! May his soul rest in peace.



N.I.L (Naijamum in London) said...

May his soul rest in peace.
May the Lord comfort his family. Amen

Chilling said...

Jesus Christ! May his soul rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

R.I.P...w-h-y?????...smh in sorrow

Anonymous said...

Eya, Rest in Peace and condolences to his family. I hope it was not suicide or depression o- a lot of our people are suffering in silence in the US and UK with no one to turn to for help although of course, in saying this, I don't know the circumstances surrounding this death.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 7.20 Youre right! It was suicide!

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Anonymous said...

I am shocked beyond words. I knew him and he was such a good guy. Rest In Peace Uche! So sad indeed, my God!

Anonymous said...

Why would this guy commit suicide? He had a successful soccer career and is presently employed by ESPN and his contract with ESPN was just renewed last month. What could be the problem?. The city will not want to waste money investigating the death of an African immigrant because I seriously suspect foul play. Fir starters, let them check his friends and his financial dealings.

anniniani said...

Rest in pease a true hero.

Seun J said...

So sad. RIP

chinedu Nwabueze said...

chinedu nwabueze

may his soul rest in peace, and may almighty lord comfort his family.

Anonymous said...

To Gbenga@3.08AM, it is not always easy to tell whether or not someone is happy simply because he had a successful career in football and television- men generally find it hard to ask for help and in African culture in general, depression is not recognised as an illness. Sometimes too as a society, we ignore signs of suicidal tendencies. My condolences to his family

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