The Chairman of Akwa United Football Club, Elder Paul Bassey has lamented the death of Chief Chidi Okenwa, Chairman of Enugu State Football Association, describing the incident as a “big loss” to the football community in Nigeria.
In a release signed by the Media Officer of the club, Mfon Patrick, Bassey said he received the sad news with “great shock” and says it is a “great loss and a terrible moment for the entire football family in Nigeria”.
“We received the sad news of the death of Enugu State FA Chairman with great shock and I must say that it is very unfortunate that football has lost a very brilliant person and a good ambassador of the game.
“Chief Chidi Offor-Okenwa was very close to me and it is sad and difficult to believe that a friend we celebrated few days ago on his birthday is leaving us now that his contribution to the development of football in Nigeria is mostly needed.
“The death of Chief Chidi Offor-Okenwa is a big loss not only to Enugu State FA but to the entire football fraternity.
“All of us at Akwa United join the entire football family to pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Chief Chidi Offor-Okenwa and for God to grant his family, Enugu State Football Association and the Nigeria Football Federation the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss,” Paul Bassey said.
Chidi Okenwa until his death was the Chairman of the Nigeria National League, NNL, and a member of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Committee.
Okenwa was diagnosed with leukemia, and was said to have been restless throughout the night and slumped in the early hours of Tuesday, May 5, before being rushed to a private hospital in Enugu, where he was confirmed dead.”
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