Philip Osondu, former Nigerian football star, dies at 48 in Belgium

Philip Osondu, former Nigerian football star, dies at 48 in Belgium

- Philip Osondu, former Nigerian star has been confirmed dead

- The 1986 FIFA U16 golden ball winner was said to have driven himself to a hospital in Belgium but never returned

- Osondu shined for the country's youth team but never represented the senior national team

Former Nigerian youth international Philip Osondu has been confirmed dead in Belgium at the age of 48.

The ex-Anderlecht attacker was said to have taken himself to a hospital in the European country for cross-examination but where he eventually met his death.

As at the time this report was gathered, the cause of his death is still unknown but he was said to have felt uncomfortable while at work and decided to drive himself to the health center.

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According to News Break 365, Esther Ugochi Nwachukwu, who is also based in Belgium broke the news about the former player's death.

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Earlier in his football career, Osondu won the U16 FIFA World Cup Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. After Nigeria lost on penalties to Soviet Union in the final of the same tourney.

The late forward joined Anderlecht youth team from El-Kanemi Warriors in the 1988-89 season and the same year, he got promoted to the club's senior team.

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He spent six seasons with Purple & White before moving to another club in Belgium R.W.D. Molenbeek - scoring seven goals in 41 appearances.

Osondu also represented the likes of La Louvière, Union Saint Gillis, Diegem Sport and FC Merchtem 2000 before hanging his boots in 2004.

Legit.ng earlier reported English football fraternity has been plunged into mourning following the death of former Aston Villa, Birmingham City and West Brom manager Ron Saunders.

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Aston Villa confirmed the sad news in a club statement on Saturday, December 7, revealing his family had sought for privacy to mourn the legendary manager.

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