The year 2016 is starting on a rather sour note for Nigeria football with the news that former Enyimba and Kaduna United goalkeeper, Chinedu Agwu is dead after a protracted illness.
The death of Agwu 336football.com gathered happened few hours into the New Year.
The deceased who was 30-years old made waves more while at Kaduna United but was denied first team opportunities after the ambitious move to Enyimba.
Having recorded a number of high profile deaths in 2015, many had wished that the sporting fraternity will be spared much heartache in 2016 but that seems not to be the case with a death already recorded from the first day.
As earlier highlighted by 366football.com, in 2015, the football family lost the likes of Sam Henshaw Ibiam popularly known as The Black Magnet during his playing days and Wilfred Agbonavbare.
While Henshaw passed away at a ripe age of 90 years, Agbonavbare, passed away early in 2015 at a Spanish hospital, following a protracted battle with cancer. He was a member of Nigeria’s U-21 Mexico 1983 Flying Eagles, 1984 AFCON silver medalist and 1994 AFCON gold medalist.
Also, former Heartland and Kano Pillars forward Abdul Haruna also died in 2015 after collapsing on the pitch during a friendly football match between Kano professionals and a selected amateur team in Kano. He was 27 years old.
Another high profile death will be that of David Faramola Oniya; a Nigerian footballer who played for Malaysia Premier League club T-Team as a defender.
On 13 June 2015, Oniya died after collapsing on the pitch in Malaysia during a friendly between his club T-Team and Kelantan