7 top sports personalities whose death shook Nigerians in 2019

7 top sports personalities whose death shook Nigerians in 2019

2019 has been far spent and Nigerian sports have lost a number of notable personalities in the year.

Footballers, coaches, journalists and administrators have lost their lives to the cold hands of death in what many believe was a tough year.

The year has a few days left and Legit.ng will be looking at people that died in 2019.

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Here are seven sports personalities that died in 2019

1. Ifeanyi Chiejine

She was the youngest Nigerian player to ever feature at the women's U19 World Cup and helped her team qualify into the quarter-finals.

Chiejine died on August 21 after a brief illness at the age of 36 years.

2. Isaac Promise

He was a silver medalist in both the 2005 U20 World Cup and the Beijing 2008 Olympics were Nigeria lost to Argentina in both finals.

The striker who played most of his career in Turkey died at his base in the United States at the age of 32.

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3. Taiwo Ogunjobi

He was the former Nigerian international and scribe of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) from 2002 to 2005.

Ogunjobi was also a member of the NFF executive committee between 2006 and 2010 but the Shooting Stars defender died at the age of 65.

4. Akinloye Oyenbanji

The veteran sports journalist was not also lucky as he passed on at the age of 62 after many years of service with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).

5. Alex Akinyele

The former sports minister and information minister served under the military regime from 1985 to 1993.

He was also the former chairman of the Nigeria Sports Commission. He died in November at the age of 81.

6. Philip Osondu

The highest scorer of the FIFA Youth World Cup in Chile 1987 gave up the ghost in an incident that occurred in December.

He had a brief spell with Anderlecht in Belgium before battling with personal issues on his contract that ruined his career.

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7. Manga Mohammed

He was a member of the Golden Eaglets side that won the Japan U17 World Cup with the likes of Kanu Nwankwo, Wilson Oruma, Celestine Babayaro and the likes.

He also played for the Super Eagles and top Nigerian clubs in the professional league. He died at the age of 42.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Either Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen or Achraf Hakimi will win CAF's Youth Player of the Year after the final three shortlist was released.

Chukwueze announced his presence into the world scene in the Spanish topflight division with Villarreal and hit the spotlight at the AFCON 2019 tournament.

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