Nigerian basketball player killed in US road crash

Daniel Daudu late Nigerian basketball player

Former Nigeria international basketball player, Daniel Daudu, was killed in a crash in Indianapolis in the United States on Friday, Indianapolis Star confirms.

Reports said the ex-University of Indianapolis player died when a large part broke off the rear of a northbound semitractor-trailer and struck Daudu, who represented Nigeria at the 2007 World U20 Basketball Championships in Serbia.

According to Indiana State Police, the crash happened near the I-465 ramps on the city’s south side.

Daudu was found seriously injured and unconscious. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) on Sunday paid tribute to Daudu.

The NBBF president Musa Kida said the federation was saddened by his passing.

Kida said, “It’s a sad feeling to lose somebody so close no matter the age. Losing Daniel at the age of 28 and the manner which it happened is something that has left us all in shock.

“We just have to take solace in him and also rally round his family at this trying period to provide the needed emotional support to weather the storm.”

A member of the NBBF board Samuel Ahmedu lamented the death of the former Dodan Warriors player.

Ahmedu said, “Life is full of surprises, pleasant and cruel ones. The demise of Daniel Daudu is a cruel one. There are many good basketball players but only a few Daniel Daudus.”

The founder of Dodan Warriors Basketball Programme urged friends and family members of the Daudus and the entire basketball family to remain strong despite the cruelty and brevity of life.

“Life has shown its cruel hand but we must remain strong so that his legacies will not go unsung. The world will miss you Daniel, but we take solace that you are with the Lord. Rest in peace and catch you on the rebound,” he said.

Daudu graduated from the University of Indianapolis in 2015 with a degree in marketing.

“The University of Indianapolis mourns the loss of Daniel Daudu, who is a well-loved alumnus and former student athlete. During his time on campus, Daniel impacted our entire community.

“Daniel will be remembered for his athleticism, sense of humor, generous smile and compassion for others.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Daniel’s family, friends, UIndy basketball and the entire UIndy family,” the university said in a statement.