How Samuel Okwaraji Slumped and died in 1989

How Samuel Okwaraji Slumped and died in 1989

Sam Okwaraji on this day 31 years ago, slumped on the pitch during a world cup qualifier in Lagos and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Okwaraji’s death gripped Nigeria and left the football-crazed nation stunned at the loss of a rising star.


Among the many things he will be remembered for was a famous quote about his allegiance to country over club.


I am a Lawyer you know and signed to play football for certain conditions but I don’t think it included reselling my service to my country. You or your club cannot stop me from playing for my country. Let me tell you, I am going to represent my country whether you like it or not.


The NFF posted an emotional message on their official Twitter handle in memory of the late energetic and all-round midfield monster.


“Today, we remember former @NGSuperEagles midfielder, Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji who passed on to glory, in active service, on this day in 1989. His legend lives forever. Keep resting Soldier. #WeRememberOkwaraji. ” NFF said in a tweet.


Many on this day continue to pay tribute to the memory of the former player.

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