NFF mourns Onyeawuna, Lato, am­a­teur play­ers

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The Nigeria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion yes­ter­day ex­pressed sorrow and sad­ness over the deaths of a for­mer cap­tain of the Se­nior Na­tional Team, Al­bert Onyeawuna, Kaduna United FC Head Coach Saleh Lato and five play­ers of Nigeria Na­tion­wide League side Bakoji FC of Kaduna, all over the fes­tive pe­riod.

NFF’s As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor (Com­mu­ni­ca­tions), Ade­mola Ola­jire, lamented the deaths in Abuja, say­ing the en­tire Nigeria foot­ball fam­ily was griev­ing over the departures of the great Onyeawuna, Coach Lato and the young play­ers.

“Words are in­ad­e­quate to ex­press the sad­ness of the NFF and the en­tire Nigeria foot­ball fam­ily over the deaths of these per­sons. We love them dearly but God loves them much more.

“Our prayer is that the Almighty God will give the fam­i­lies they have left be­hind, as well as Nigeria foot­ball fam­ily the for­ti­tude to bear the huge losses and also to grant the de­parted eter­nal rest.”

Saleh Lato, pro­moted to Head Coach of Nigeria Pro­fes­sional Foot­ball League side, Kaduna United FC only last week, fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Ben Duam­long, fell ill sud­denly and died on Sun­day morn­ing in Kaduna.

Five play­ers of Nigeria Na­tion­wide League club, Bakoji FC of Kaduna died in a road crash on their way to a league match against JZ United of Kafan­chan in Kafan­chan. A num­ber of other play­ers and of­fi­cials were in­jured in the ac­ci­dent.

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