By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Flying Eagles and Super Eagles midfielder Etim Esin is urging the Federal Government to immortalise the
late Samuel Okwaraji who died on August 11, 1989.
Okwaraji passed on while playing for the Super Eagles in an Italia ’90 World Cup qualifier against Angola at the
Lagos National Stadium, Lagos.
Esin who admitted he was a very close friend of the one-time Sampdoria FC of Italy dazzling midfielder bared his
mind to Completesportsnigeria.com
“We are marking the death of Okwaraji but what has the government done for his family after so many years of
his demise,” Esin asked rhetorically.
“In Nigeria, heroes are not honoured. I learned his family was given a paltry sum sometime ago. I feel the family
deserve more. The government should immortalise him.”
Okwaraji went back memory lane to describe that moment that Okwaraji gave up the ghost.
“I was very close to him when he fell to the ground. I think Siasia was there too.
“We all panicked and gestured to the medical team to attend to him but it was a shock to us that the game was
his last assignment for Nigeria,” Esin explained.