Samuel Okwaraji, a talented Nigerian footballer died on the field on the 12th of August, 1989. Nigerians commemorate the 26th anniversary of his death.
Today, Nigerians remember Samuel Okwaraji who died on the 12th of August, 1989.
Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) was 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.
He allegedly slumped and died on the field due to a congestive heart failure n the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.
The members of the House of Representatives have asked the Federal Government to immortalize the Late Sam Okwaraji.
Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf promoted this motion in the House of Representative. He reminded his colleagues and all Nigeria that today is exactly the 26th anniversary of the death of the talented footballer.
Honourable Tajudeen Yusuf praised the patriotism of the late hero and claimed that;
young man was denied his insurance because he snubbed his foreign club to honour a national assignment in Nigeria.
Sam Okwaraji was born on the 19th of May, 1964 in Owerre-Umudioka in Orlu Local Government Area of Imo-State, South Eastern Nigeria. He had a successful career in Europe which included playing for NK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), VfB Stuttgart (Germany) and Austria Klagenfurt (Austria), among others. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a master’s degree in international law from the University of Rome.