NFF, Minister grieve over death of former Super Eagles player


Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, and Nigeria Football Federation have expressed deep shock over the demise of Former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe who died on Tuesday at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital at the age of 54.

It was gathered that Dare said, “The news of Yisa Sofoluwe’s death is quite devastating and one that hit me like a tornado. He was a great, committed, disciplined, humble, and patriotic player. He came ahead of his time. No wonder he was nicknamed the Dean of Defence by an ace commentator, Ernest Okonkwo.

“My condolences and prayers go to his wife, children, teammates, and the football community. He died just when help was on the way to pay for his surgery. His death is a huge loss. Rest in peace Dean of Defence.”

In the same vein, President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, expressed his shock over the death of the former defender, nicknamed ‘Dean of Defence’ by the legendary commentator Ernest Okonkwo, who breathed his last just when the process had been activated for a medical operation on him.

“It is another sad, sad day. Just a couple of weeks ago, we were lamenting the loss of former goalkeeper and coach Joseph Erico. Now, Yisa Sofoluwe. That man was a gem in the green-and-white and did his very best for Nigeria whenever he was on the field. Personally, I have sweet memories of Yisa Sofoluwe.

“It is more painful that he left just when help was coming to him from everywhere, and the process was on to rectify his medical condition. We loved him, but God loves him more. May his soul rest in peace.”


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