Nigerians remember Sam Okwaraji on 30th anniversary of death

Sam Okwaraji

Nigerians are remembering former footballer, Sam Okwaraji, on the 30th anniversary of his death.

Okwaraji collapsed and died at the age of 25 in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium on 12 August 1989.


The cause of his death was later discovered to be congestive heart failure.

He was born on 19 May 1964 in Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria.

Okwaraji who never played for any Nigerian club was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.


The highly gifted lanky midfielder with a high range of technical capabilities played for clubs such as Dinamo Zagreb and Vfb Stuggart during his short lived career.

Nigerians are praising the footballer, find their thoughts below.