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28 Years After, South East Leaders Remember Sam Okwaraji

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Chidiebube Okeoma

South East leaders have backed the proposed honour for former Super Eagles player, Sam Okwaraji, who died while playing against Angola in Lagos on August 12, 1989.

The Imo state Football Association in collaboration with the Okwaraji Foundation had proposed a national symposium and documentary in November to honour the late midfielder.

A former chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, said the plan to honour Okwaraji was a good decision.

Odinakalu, said Okwaraji deserved the honour because he died playing for the country.

He said “I knew Okwaraji before he died. We attended the same secondary school in Orlu. He was two years ahead of me. We used to call him ‘Waskipele’ due to his enormous football talent .”

He commended the leadership of Imo FA and Okwaraji Foundation for taking the step to honour the late Eagles midfielder, whom he said gave his all for the country.

The president of the Imo state chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Ezechi Chukwu, called on the National Assembly and the South East Governors Forum to identify with the proposed programme.

Chukwu regretted that that the late footballer had not been properly celebrated after he died while serving the country.

He said, “I will take this message to our National Executive Council meeting to draw the attention of the national leadership to it. Together we should get South East governors and the National Assembly members to mobilise their colleagues from other zones for the event.”

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