Kwara United footballer slumps, dies in training

Burial of Kwara United footballer Saka Azeez

A player of Nigeria National League (NNL) side, Kwara United FC of Ilorin, Saka Azeez, on Friday slumped and died in training.

The club’s Media Officer, Abdulwaheed Bibire, confirmed the development in a statement on behalf of the Kwara State Government.

Azeez, 24, who was the son of former African and Commonwealth Table Tennis Champion, Kasali Lasisi, slumped at the Kwara Stadium, Ilorin during a training session.

‎Incidentally, his father was one of the eminent Kwarans given an award for his outstanding contribution to sports development on Thursday in Ilorin, as the state marked its 50th anniversary.

Bibire described the death of the player as a rude shock, given his contributions to the club.

He said the entire football fans in the state will surely miss the left full-back who joined Kwara United from FC Zamfara at the beginning of the current 2017/2018 NNL season.

The Harmony Boys spokesman described Azeez as an astute professional, on and off the pitch, easy going, and a dedicated player.

“From Almighty Allah we come and to him shall we return.

“Death is an inevitable end which every soul will experience, hence the need for his family, friends, close associates and soccer fans to take solace in God for the irreparable loss.

“He slumped in training and we rushed him to the State General Hospital, which is just some meters away from the stadium, where he was confirmed dead,” Bibire said.

The deceased has been buried according to Islamic rites.