Former Nigerian league star, Osita Aninweke died in the early hours of Wednesday after suffering multiple strokes, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Popularly known as 'Congo' in his playing days in the 80s and early 90s, the diminutive ex-midfield dynamite was a household name playing for top clubs like Vasco da Gama of Enugu, Flash Flamengoes and Bendel United of Benin, and Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Owerri.
He also got invited to the U-20 national team, the Flying Eagles and the Super Eagles a couple of times.
'Congo' was a member of the 1989 Bendel United team that lost the African Cup Winners Cup final to Al Merriek of Sudan.
Aninweke, who was 52, had suffered a partial stroke on Sunday morning in Ajah, a suburb of Lagos where he lived and coached a group of retired footballers.
He was taken to General Hospital, Marina, Lagos after he was initially admitted to a private hospital in Ajah, he suffered two more strokes and gave up the ghost by 2am Wednesday.
The news of his death was broken by his cousin, Brazil Aninweke, himself a former league player with Railways of Lagos and Delta Stars of Ughelli.