Former Super Eagles midfielder, John Ene Okon is dead. According to Complete Sports, Okon, who was a member of the Flying Eagles squad that went to the U-20 World Cup in Chile in 1987 died of liver problems at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital on Tuesday March, 15, being his birthday.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has also confirmed the death of the ex-international saying he died after a brief illness.
Okon played as midfielder alongside Etim Esin, Thompson Oliha, Nduka Ugbade, Adeolu Adekola amongst several others, regarded as one of Nigeria’s finest generation of young players.
He was also a member of the Nigerian team to the 1992 AFCON in Senegal and also played for clubs like Calabar Rovers and BCC Lions during his active days.
Until his death, he was a CAF licensed coach and the head coach of Calabar Rovers. Rovers team manager, Ijani Okori, said his death was indeed a big loss. He said:
“He was ill and we tried to ensure he got back in sound health. Despite that he did his work diligently. He completed the recruitment of players for Calabar Rovers for the new Nigeria National League (NNL) season and this happened. It is a big loss for us and his family and everyone close to him because he was a professional to the core.”
BuzzNigeria Sports gathered that before his death, the Cross Rivers State’s sport commission boss had announced that Governor Ben Ayade had directed that all necessary resources should be mobilized to ensure his recovery.
Meanwhile, former Super Eagles’ Coach, Sunday Oliseh, has claimed that the Nigeria Football Federation are still owing him N111 million. According to him, the amount covers medical expenses, match bonuses and allowances incurred during his six-month reign as the Eagles’ chief coach.
Although Oliseh has ordered his lawyers to withdraw a suit against the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), he threatens to drag them to the World football governing body, FIFA, if they fail to pay the money owed him.