Nigerians took to social media on Monday to pay tribute to late Super Eagles midfielder, Samuel Okwaraji, who died on August 12, 1989 at the National Stadium, Lagos during the 1990 World Cup qualifier match against Angola.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also celebrated the 30th anniversary of the player’s death.
While paying tribute, the federation shared a video in memory of the player, who collapsed and died during the match against Angola.
“It’s been 30 years since this real and true Nigerian Patriot passed on while on duty for the country. Keep resting in peace, Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji,” NFF said in a tweet.
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) August 12, 2019
Until his death, Okwaraji was a doctorate degree student of Law at the University of Rome. He was born on May 19, 1964.
See some tributes below:
Samuel Okwaraji;1989 to 2019,Continue to Rest In Peace.A patriot we will continue to remember and miss.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) August 12, 2019
It's 30 year's today Nigeria lost this patriot Sam Okwaraji continue to rest in peace pic.twitter.com/ILEiJPaRQ5
— Sylvester Adesanwo (@SylvesterAdesa1) August 12, 2019
On this day in 1989, Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji collapsed and died on the field while playing for Nigeria against Angola at the National Stadium, Lagos. #WeRememberSam National Hero. #Legend pic.twitter.com/7wNxygv07i
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) August 12, 2019
Rest on Samuel Okwaraji.
Ein die 30 years ago for surelere National stadium pic.twitter.com/BA1e8nj0FB
— Epl In Pidgin (@EplPidgin) August 12, 2019
— A man can be anything (@One_in_God) August 12, 2019
Samuel Okwaraji died at the National Stadium, Surulere on the 12th August 1989, during a World qualifier against Angola.
He collapsed after a cardiac arrest on the pitch & to make the matter worse the ambulance taken him to the hospital failed to start 😢😢😢
RIP Samuel. pic.twitter.com/RR2JVFFudB
— OLUOMO OF DERBY 🇳🇬 🇬🇧 (@Oluomoofderby) August 12, 2019
Today marks 30 years (12th August 1989), since the Imo state born Lawyer cum footballer Sam Sochukwuma Okwaraji, collapsed on the field of play and died of heart complications while playing for Nigeria national team Vs Angola in Lagos.
R.I.P Sam.Gone but not forgotten! pic.twitter.com/vRQU83oVWq
— U C H E E Z O NY E (@uche_ezeonye) August 12, 2019
On this day in 1989 (30 years ago), Samuel Okwaraji slumped and died while playing for Nigeria against Angola in a World Cup qualifier match in Lagos.
Respect him, RIP pic.twitter.com/7Yw7TEZoxr
— datfatniggur (@YankeeOnline) August 12, 2019
Keep resting in Peace Samuel okwaraji.
Nigeria failed u
We all failed u
Rest in perfect peace pic.twitter.com/c5LE7IlpQq
— Chief Blogger (@Chiefbloggrr) August 12, 2019
— Omotee Spicy❤️ (@omohgift05) August 12, 2019