FIFA Commiserates With NFF Over Okon’s Death

World football governing body, FIFA, has commiserated with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on the death of former Nigeria international, John Ene Okon.

Okon, who featured for the Flying Eagles at the 1987 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile, died on Tuesday in Calabar during a short illness.

Until his death, Okon was the Head Coach of Calabar Rovers.

According to, FIFA, in a letter to NFF president Amaju Pinnick. Signed by new FIFA president Gianni Infantino said : “I would like to express my deepest sympathy on hearing the loss of the former Nigeria midfielder John Ene Okon.

“On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide football family, please allow me to extend my deepest condolences to the football community of Nigeria and, most
importantly, to his family, friends and loved ones.

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“We hope that, in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this
time of sadness.”

Aside from representing Nigeria at the U-20 World Cup in Chile, Okon was also in the Super Eagles squad that won bronze at Senegal 1992.


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