Sam Okwaraji remembered 30 years on since death playing for Nigeria

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Sam Okwaraji [circled] before an international game for Nigeria | Credit: Pulse.ng

Sam Okwaraji on this day 30 years ago, slumped on the pitch during a world cup qualifier in Lagos and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

Okwaraji’s death gripped Nigeria and left the football-crazed nation stunned at the loss of a rising star.

 

Among the many things he will be remembered for was a famous quote about his allegiance to country over club.

 

I am a Lawyer you know and signed to play football for certain conditions but I don’t think it included reselling my service to my country. You or your club cannot stop me from playing for my country. Let me tell you, I am going to represent my country whether you like it or not.

 

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. #WeRememberSam pic.twitter.com/GjUNjCZTlx

 

Many on this day continue to pay tribute to the memory of the former player.

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