Shooting Stars football club of Ibadan have announced the death of their defender Izu Joseph on Monday morning.
The football club took to its tweeter handle to make the announcement this morning.
The tweet read: “A Shooting STAR is gone! Izu Joseph is gone! Flamboyant defender is gone! RIP, brother. What a life! May God strengthen his family.”
— Shooting Stars SC (@Official3SC) October 17, 2016
The defender who played a key role in the Oluyole Warriors’ narrow escape from relegation was confirmed dead after he was hit by a stray bullet in Bayelsa state on Sunday.
Izu Joseph was reportedly rushed to a nearby hospital after the incident but gave up the ghost on getting to the hospital.
Today is a very sad day for us,” Rasheed Balogu, 3SC’s general manager, told ESPN FC:
“This was a young boy with a lot of promise and we are devastated.
“We are still getting confusing reports about what happened exactly but we have been told that the stray bullet came from the JTF [Nigerian Joint Task Force].”
The club’s media officer, Jubril Arowolo, said the news came as a shock.
“The news came as a shock to us around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday that Izu Joseph was shot by gunmen, though we are yet to get details from the family, hopefully we will make an official statement once we get across to his family later in the day,”
The player, who was home on holiday after the end of the Nigerian Football League season.
It will be recalled that 24-year old Izu scored a late minute goal for the Ibadan-based outfit in their 2-1 defeat of Nasarawa United in a Nigeria Professional Football League encounter.
May his soul rest in peace.