Emmanuel Ibah: Nigeria Football Federation board member dies at the age of 61

Emmanuel Ibah: Nigeria Football Federation board member dies at the age of 61

- Emmanuel Ibah succumbed to coronavirus complications on Tuesday morning according to the NFF

- He reportedly had underlying diabetic and hypertensive medical complications

- Until his death, Ibah was the chairman of the Akwa Ibom Football Association

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The Nigeria Football Federation is currently mourning a member of the executive committee and co-ordinator for the south-south zone of the body Emmanuel Ibah who died at the age of 61.

The Nigeria Federation announced the development in a statement, claiming family sources confirmed that the chairman of the Akwa Ibom Football Association gave up the ghost on Tuesday, December 15.

It was gathered that Ibah died as a result of complications from the coronavirus pandemic as he had underlying diabetic and hypertensive medical conditions.

In the statement, the Nigeria football body described the late technocrat as an energetic figure who showed intense dedication and commitment to the work of the NFF and Nigeria Football. The statement said:

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"In general, (Ibah) was always at the forefront of preparations for matches of the senior men national team, Super Eagles, any time the Eagles were playing in the Akwa Ibom State capital, Uyo.
Emmanuel Ibah: Nigeria Football Federation board member dies at the age of 61
Emmanuel Ibah dies of coronavirus complications. Photo: The NFF
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NFF president Amaju Pinnick said:

"I am just lost for words. I don’t know what to say. This has been a tragic year on so many fronts. Emmanuel Ibah was like a brother.
"He was my colleague from the south south on the NFF Executive Committee and a very loyal and supportive person. We have lost another pillar on the Board. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

Year 2020 remains a devastating one for the NFF as Ibah became the fourth personality to pass away during the period.

The Nigerian football house had earlier lost Chidi Ofo Okenwa who died on May 5; NFF’s head of ICT, Tolulope Abe died on August 29 and then Musa Adamu Duhu passed away on September 19. .

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reporeted that the Super Eagles of Nigeria are threatening to boycott forthcoming national team engagements as they lament over unpaid salaries and allowances to the tune of 18 months.

Reports have it that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is making frantic efforts in getting funds from government and sponsors to clear the backlog of bonuses and allowances.

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