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Chidi Okenwa: Nigerian football fraternity mourns death of NNL chairman

Chidi Okenwa NNL Chairman

Nigerian football fraternity has mourned the death of Chief Chidi Ofo Okenwa, the Chairman of Nigerian National League, NNL, who died of leukemia in Enugu, today, May 5, 2020, at the age of 50.

Until his death, Okenwa was the Chairman of NNL, Enugu State Football Association, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Association, NFF.

According to a statement released by the NFF, Okenwa was diagnosed with leukemia, and “was said to have been restless throughout the night and slumped in the early hours before being rushed to a private hospital in Enugu, where he was confirmed dead.”

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick described the late football administrator as a loyal soldier of Nigeria football.

“This is a huge shock. Each and everyone of us on the NFF Board is in absolute grief. Chidi (Okenwa) was a loyal soldier of Nigeria Football and was a leading member of our intellectual wing. This is a terrible blow.

Chidi Okenwa (left) with LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko
Chidi Okenwa (left) with LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko

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“He was one man you can always rely on to give candid advice. We bounced ideas off him regularly and picked his brain on many issues because of his wide knowledge and decades of experience in football administration. We will sorely miss him,” Pinnick said.

Tributes have been pouring in from the football community and stakeholders in Nigeria mourning the demise of the revered administrator and technocrat.

Chairman of Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL side, Abia Warriors FC, Pastor Emeka Inyama described the late Okenwa as a “hero of the game of football in the country”, while the President of Authentic Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Abayomi Ogunjimi in his tribute says that “a true hero has fallen.”

NNL side, Bayelsa United in a statement by its Chairman, Sir Braveman Wodi described the late Chidi Okenwa as “a big loss to the football fraternity” and the Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria, YSFON, says his death is “a big blow to Nigerian football.”

The remains of the late Chidi Okenwa has been deposited in a mortuary in the city of Enugu and a decision on the date of final burial rites will be communicated.  

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