Ex-Nigeria football star dies at 42

Peter Ogaba

Another death has been recorded in the football circles with the sudden passing away of Nigeria Youth International, Peter Ogaba is dead.

Ogaba 42, died after a brief illness in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

Many fondly remember Ogaba for bursting into the limelight as a tender age. He was the youngest Nigerian player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup hosted by Saudi Arabia in 1989 where the Flying Eagles then handled by Coach Tunde Disu lost in the final to eventual winners, Portugal.

Ogaba was also the youngest player to feature at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup at Canada ’87 at age 13.

Already, the Nigeria Football Federation as well as other teammates of Late Ogaba have already been paying tributes to the unassuming former youngster.

“We are shocked to hear of the sad demise of fmr Junior Int’l Peter Ogaba. Ogaba was part of the Eaglets at Canada 87” the NFF wrote.

On his part Ogaba’s former teammate at club and country wrote on his official facebook page “Another sad day, Peter ogaba passed away, youngest player to join us at Lokeren sporting Belgium, RIP, God knows best ‪#‎onelov”

Also another former teammate, Oladimeji Lawal: “Onyemechara called me few hours ago just to break d sad news,unfortunately it has been confirmed saw him in Abuja few months ago bubbling,we shared old memories 2geda wt lot of fun,so sad death is inevitable,we will all drop at our bus stops no matter how long the journey maybe. The good thing is he never passed unnoticed. Adieu,my friend,brother,colleague,a comrade,we love you but God loves u more Okoto.”

During his active days, Ogaba played in KSC Lokeren in Belgium. He went on loan from Lokeren after sustaining a hamstring injury to Finland, FC Oulu, where he won the league.

Ogaba’s last known club was MSV Duisburg who he played for in the 1993/1994 season

His remains have been deposited at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja.