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NFF Remembers Samuel Okwaraji 30 Years After His Death (Photos)

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The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Monday, marked the 30th anniversary of the death of football star, Samuel Okwaraji.

Sources reports that Okwaraji died while playing for Nigeria at the National Stadium, Surulere, August 12, 1989.

NFF shared a video in memory of the late footballer, in a tweet obtained by Sources from @theNFF.

“We still feel and respect the labours of our heroes past, and we want to say today, being the 30th year that Late Okwaraji passed on while playing, we still feel the sacrifice and patriotism that he showed, playing for this great country.

And we have learnt great lessons from that patriot, even as we continue to use his attitude to guide young talents”, Amaju Pinnick, president of NFF said in the video.

“It’s been 30 years since this real and true Nigerian Patriot passed on while on duty for the country. Keep resting in peace, Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji. #WeRememberSam”, the tweet further read.

Apart from being a footballer, who played for Nigeria, Okwaraji was also a lawyer who had Masters in International Law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome.

Born on May 19, 1964, Okwaraji died on the field after suffering heart attack, as the Ambulance brought in to evacuate him reportedly refused to start.

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JUST IN!! Man United Issue Fresh BAN On Players (See Details)

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Manchester United have been forced to prevent their players from stopping to sign autographs outside the club’s Carrington training ground, due to safety concerns, the UK Telegraph reports.

The club have become concerned about fans, who regularly converge near a blind bend at the junction of Sinderland Lane and Birch Road, which is close to the rear entrance of the training base.

Club chiefs have seen the number of fans increase this summer, due to the school holidays.

Groups of as many as 50 fans gather to get a glimpse of their heroes.

But the club feel the situation poses too great a safety risk to fans’ safety, while the large crowds also present issues for the local farms and residents.

And to prevent fans from standing near the entrance, United have erected a sign warning them from convening in a bid to get autogrpahs.

“Players are not permitted to stop and sign autographs due to danger on the road. No congregating,” it reads.

 

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TEAM NEWS! Lionel Messi Dropped For Barcelona’s LA LIGA Opener Against Athletic Bilbao (See Why)

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Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde, will not risk an unfit Lionel Messi in Friday’s LaLiga opener against Athletic Bilbao.

Messi injured his calf in training, before his side’s brief pre-season tour of the United States and has not yet returned to full training a day before the game.

Valverde, speaking to the media on Thursday, insisted he will not gamble on his captain’s fitness.

“We never like to risk any players and much less someone like Leo.

“He still hasn’t returned to training with the team and while we are happy with his progress, individual training is very different to playing a match. We are going to wait and see,” Valverde said.

Barca have spent over £180million on signings including Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann, but continue to be linked with a second swoop for Neymar, two years after he left the Catalans for PSG for a world record £200m.

Valverde claimed he is not involved with transfers at the Camp Nou.

“It’s inconvenient and it’s not logical. The normal thing would be that the team you start with is the same one that will compete for the whole season.

“Now we have two weeks until the transfer window shuts and you can’t breathe easily until then. I’m very happy with the squad I have at the moment but I don’t know what will happen next.

“I am far removed from transfers and I’m focusing on the players I have for our first game.

“Neymar belongs to PSG and we’ll see what happens but I can’t say anything more about him,” he added.

 

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DONE DEAL!! Moses Simon Joins FC Nantes On A Season-Long Loan Deal

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Super Eagles Winger, Moses Simon has joined FC Nantes on a season-long loan deal from Levante UD

The French Ligue 1 side have the option to sign the winger on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

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