Another Ex-Super Eagles Defender Dies In LUTH

The death of former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe has finally been confirmed.

This is coming just when the sporting fraternity was recovering from the death of another ex-Nigeria goalkeeper Joe, Erico, who was only buried few days ago in Lagos.

Roving Naija gathered the ace defender died late Tuesday night at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). He was aged 53 years.

Fondly referred to as the ‘Dean of Defence’ by his admirers having been nicknamed by the late Radio Nigeria Commentator, Ernest Okonkwo, Sofoluwe reports said died from the cerebral atrophy ailment that took him to the ICU of LUTH.

He was said to be waiting for surgery before he passed out Tuesday night.

A former colleague of Sofoluwe in the senior national team, Waidi Akanni who has been in the forefront rallying support for the ailing footballer, confirmed the death of the former Abiola Babes FC defender last night.

“We lost him. Yisa Sofoluwe could not wait for help to come for his surgery before he died on Tuesday evening,” observed the distraught Akanni on telephone last night.

Sofoluwe had been diagnosed for mild cerebral atrophy at the Prince and Life Medical Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos, but was moved to LUTH on Friday, last week after his medical condition became worse.

Sofoluwe won 40 caps for the Super Eagles and scored one goal.

He held sway in the right back position between 1983 and 1988, playing at the 1984 and 1988 Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco respectively.

Sofoluwe also played for defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta , IICC of Ibadan and Gateway Football Club of Abeokuta.

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