The Nigeria Football Federation has joined the Nigeria football family to mourn the shocking deaths of Florence Omagbemi’s son, Samson, and former NFF Head of Women’s Football, Lizzy Onyenwenwa, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.
The 15-year-old Junior Secondary School pupil of Challenge International School died on Wednesday, June 14 while the deputy director in the department of Planning, Monitoring and Information (PMI) in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports died in the early hours of Thursday at the National Hospital, Abuja.
The Super Falcons head coach’s son is said to have died in a swimming pool at a hotel in Effurun, Delta State in the South-South region of Nigeria.
The tragic incident reportedly happened during an ‘after exam party’ at the hotel which was organised by his teacher at Challenge International School.
, “This is a big shock to us all,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said on Thursday afternoon. “The news hit us like a thunderbolt because most of us didn’t even know she was ill.
“It is a very sad day. Mrs Onyewenwa was a pillar of strength in the administration of women’s football in Nigeria from the early stages. The role she played in the development of the game will never be forgotten.”
Onyewenwa, a deputy director in the department of Planning, Monitoring and Information (PMI) in the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, died in the early hours of Thursday at the National Hospital, Abuja.
She headed the NFF Women’s Football Unit in the early days of the game’s birth.
“Our prayer is for Almighty God to forgive her sins and grant her eternal rest, and also give those she has left behind and the Management and Staff of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Staff the fortitude to bear the big loss.” Sanusi added.