The remains late Mrs Mary Onuekwusia Ejide, the mother of former Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide, who died in Chicago, United States of America last month will be laid to rest on Friday, June 2, 2017 in her home at Nneogidi Village, Agulu, in Anambra State, the family of Chief Silas Ejide has informed Completesportsnigeria.com.
Late Mrs Mary Onuekwusia Ejide, (AKA, Aruka Akwa), according to Austin Ejide, died at the age of 67 after a brief illness.
According to an elaborate burial arrangement drawn by the family, there will be a christian wake-keep on Thursday June 1, then followed by a church service at St Stephen's Anglican Church Agulu on June 2 after which interment follows at her family compound.
Thereafter, condolence visits by friends, well wishers and in-laws are slated to hold on Saturday June 3 while church outing service takes place on Sunday, June 4.
"The body of my late mother has been flown home to Nigeria. In fact, as I speak with you now, the corpse is in a mortuary down there in the East," former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ejide said in an emotion ladden tone.
"The burial is on June 2 after a church service at St Stephen's Anglican Church, Agulu, Anambra State.
"There will be a christian wake-keep at her compound while condolence visits by friends, in-laws and well wishers will continue on June 3," he added.
The former Gabros International FC goaltender revealed that national and international footballers will grace the ocassion, but was coy in revealing their identities.
Ejide started his footballing career with Sampun FC, Onitsha, before moving to Enugu Rangers and later Gabros International FC from where he switched to Etoile Du Sahel of Tunisia in 1999.
In 2003, he helped the club win the last edition of the CAF African Cup Winners after beating Julius Berger of Lagos 3-2 on aggregate with fellow Nigerian striker Ogochukwu Obiakor scoring all three goals for Sahel in the return leg after losing the first tie 2-0 in Abeokuta.
Between 2009-2012, Ejide stood between the sticks of Israeli side, Hapoel Petah Tikva before moving to Hapoel Be'er Sheva in 2012. He joined Turkish third division side, Hapoel Hadera in 2017.