The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, have announced the death of a young player, Deborah Onu after struggling with tuberculosis of the spine.
The NBBF made the announcement on her twitter handle, bemoaning the untimely departure of female prospect.
“Rest in Peace, Deborah Onu. We loved you, but God needed you most. We are sad and pained by your untimely demise in the early hours of today. Rest in Peace Debby, ” the message reads.
Rest in Peace, Deborah Onu— #NBBF (@nbbfonline) April 18, 2020
We loved you, but God needed you most.
We are sad and pained by your untimely demise in the early hours of today
Rest in Peace Debby pic.twitter.com/xaFixlmsv4
In a statement released by NBBF’s Media Officer, Afolabi Oni, Onu died on Saturday at a hospital in Abuja.
Oni said the sad news was made public by the Secretary General of the NBBF, Olabisi Afolabi-Oluwayemi in a briefing with board members.
The Secretary-General said Deborah was responding to treatments at the Intensive Care Unit of the Primus Hospital, Karu, before her death.
“We were told she showed marked improvements and was gradually being eased off life support before her condition took a turn for the worst overnight before giving up the ghost. This is very sad and painful,” she said.
According to UpShot Reports, NBBF President, Musa Kida, lamented the loss of the promising and talented basketball player at a tender age.
“Our thoughts are with the parents, coaches and teammates at these dark hours.
“We pray for her gentle soul to find repose with her creator, while granting those she left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
“We are comforted that she died knowing that Nigerians cared for her.
”From the reports we gathered, she was wrongly diagnosed for months by different doctors which made her case more complicated,” Kida said.
The funeral arrangements would be announced by the family.