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Monday, 12 August 2013
FLASHBACK ON HOW SAM OKWARAJI DIED ON THIS DATE IN 1989
this date, 12th of August, in 1989, while he was playing for Nigeria in a 2nd
round World Cup Qualifier match (Group C, Italia World Cup) against
Angola, Samuel SofuChukwuma Okwaraji slumped on the pitch and died immediately.
was 77 minutes into the match. Right there, in front of 20,000 Nigerians
at the Main Bowl of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, the Green
Eagles were thrown into disarray while the Palancas Negras of Angola
forgot the competition and joined in the futile attempts to revive him. His body was then taken to the National Stadium Clinic where he was
covered up, and from there to the General Hospital.
The thousands of
Nigerians who came to cheer him to glory left the stadium under a dark
cloud of grief. Many would never forget that ominous day. It was just 13 minutes to the final whistle. ...
Okwaraji was 25 years at the time of hid demise. 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
Autopsy revealed he died from high blood
pressure-induced congestive heart failure (which occurs when the heart
is unable to provide sufficient pump action to ensure enough blood goes
round the body). His heart was discovered to be enlarged -not a good
sign in medicine. Okwaraji literally played his heart out for Nigeria.
He had just signed a $500,000 contract with Berchem FC of Antwerp, Belgium.