Nigeria Not Worth Dying For – Sam Okwaraji’s Family Laments


The family of late Supper Eagles player, Sam Okwaraji, has expressed disgust over government’s failure to immortalize their son since 1989.

Brother to to the late attacker, Pat Okwaraji, said that the Nigerian government had not proven that the country was worth dying for by its heroes.

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Pat  made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Sam Okwaraji Stadium, Orlu in Imo at the opening of Sam Okwaraji Memorial Football Competition.

“We did not expect the Nigerian government to give Okwaraji’s family gold and silver. What we expected from the country is to immortalise our son who died for the nation,’’ he said.

He added: “Nigeria should learn how to inspire young talents by celebrating them. When heroes are celebrated and immortalised, it will go a long way to inspire young talents.”

The  Sam Okwaraji Memorial Football Competition is organised by Okey Eze, an APGA governorship aspirant in the 2015 general election in Imo.

Mr Pat commended the sponsor of the competition, adding that it was a big honour to the entire family.

“We are happy that our son is being honoured and remembered through this competition; I want to encourage athletes to see it as an opportunity to excel in their career.

In his speech marking the official kick off, the sponsor of the competition, Chief Okechuku Theodor Eze regretted that people prefer to celebrate people with questionable characters rather than role model.

Describing late Okwaraji as a global brand, Eze said the competition will be used as a platform to create opportunities for the young ones to emerge.

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He also  announced that the winner of the competition would go home with N1.5m while the second and third place teams would be rewarded with N1m and N500,000 respectively.

Sam Okwaraji slumped and died in 1989 during a World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos.

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