Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji, 19641989 (aged 25 years)

Name
Samuel Sochukwuma /Okwaraji/
Given names
Samuel Sochukwuma
Surname
Okwaraji
Note: Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome
Birth May 19, 1964
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Death August 12, 1989 (aged 25 years)
Cause of death: congestive heart failure
Nationality
Nigerian

Family with parents
father
David Okwaraji
mother
Janet Okwaraji
himself
19641989
Birth: May 19, 1964Orlu L.G.A, Imo State, Nigeria
Nationality: NigerianOrlu L.G.A, Imo State, Nigeria
Death: August 12, 1989Lagos State, Nigeria
Name

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome

Biography of Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji 

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 Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.[1] He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.

 

Career

Okwaraji was born on 19 May 1964 in OrluImo State, Nigeria.

Okwaraji had a career in Europe which included playing for AS Roma (1984-1985), NK Dinamo Zagreb (1985-1986), Austria Klagenfurt (1986-1987), VfB Stuttgart (1987-1989) and SSV Ulm 1846 (loan) (1987-1988) while finishing his education in law. In his short stay with Dinamo Zagreb, Samuel scored 3 goals in a friendly game vs NK Budućnost Hodošan. The game was played on 30 April 1986, and Dinamo Zagreb won 12-0. Samuel's only official game for Dinamo in the Yugoslav First League was as a substitute on 18 May 1986 against FK Priština. The game was played at Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, the 29th round of 1985/86 season. Dinamo Zagreb won 4:3.

International career

He made the Green Eagles squad in 1988 and at that year's African Nations Cup he scored one of the fastest goals in the history of the championship against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. He played along until the final match, where the Eagles lost to their perennial rivals Cameroon by a lone goal.

Last game and death

Okwaraji collapsed ten minutes from the end of a 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos.[2] He died from possible complications of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as an autopsy showed that the 25-year-old had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.[3][4]

Legacy

May 19, 2019, on what would have been his 55th birthday, he was honored with a Google Doodle.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Okwaraji comes alive in Abuja"African Soccer Union. 12 August 2009. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  2. ^ Audu, Samm (12 August 2009). "Nigeria remembers fallen hero Samuel Okwaraji 20 years after"Goal.com. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. ^ Ojo, Tokunbo. "13 Years After Special tribute to Samuel Okwaraji"Gamji. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  4. ^ "2 decades after a Patriot's death"Nigerian Tribune. African Newspapers of Nigeria plc. 10 August 2009. Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Samuel Okwaraji's 55th Birthday"Google. Google. 19 May 2019.