NFF, clubs, colleagues mourn 3SC’s Izu Joseph

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday led the tributes in honour of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) defender, Izu Joseph, who passed away on Sunday.

Izu, who wore the famous jersey no 24 for the Oluyole Warriors, died aged 24, after being hit by a stray bullet from the Nigerian Joint Task Force (JTF) in Bayelsa State.

The tough tackling defender joined 3SC from Bayelsa United in 2014 and made 30 appearances in his two seasons at the club.

“I am sorely distraught with what has happened,” NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said.

“It is a most unfortunate incident that has brought sorrow to the Nigeria football family, barely a week after we were celebrating victory in a World Cup qualifying match.

“What has happened is most painful. I want to appeal to our football players to always be mindful of the company they keep and the places they go at all times because they are special assets.

“At the end of the day, each and every one of us will die, but we don’t want to be losing football players in the manner in which Izu Joseph has died.”

Condolence messages also came from the League Management Company (LMC) and NPFL Champions, Enugu Rangers and others.