A former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles player, Peter Ogaba, who is fondly remembered for being the youngest Nigerian player at the FIFA U-20 World Cup hosted by Saudi Arabia in 1989 where Nigeria lost in the final to Portugal, has died on Friday after a brief illness.
One of the deceased’s close friends confirmed the news and said; “Peter Ogaba was found dead in his room this morning.
“He has been sick for a while. His door had to be broken down to gain entrance into his room. It is indeed sad that we have lost another great footballer in Nigeria.”
The Nigeria Football Federation, as well as other teammates of Ogaba, have already been paying tributes to the former youngster. “We are shocked to hear of the sad demise of former Junior Int’l Peter Ogaba. Ogaba was part of the Eaglets at Canada 87,” the NFF wrote on Twitter.
During his active days, Ogaba played in KSC Lokeren in Belgium. He went on loan from Lokeren after sustaining a hamstring injury to Finland, FC Oulu, where he won the league.
Ogaba was the youngest player at the U17 and U20 World Cups in Canada (1987), and Saudi Arabia (1989). His last known club was MSV Duisburg who he played for in the 1993/1994 season.
The remains of the former footballer who was also the coach of Lobi Stars, between 2006 and 2009, have been deposited at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja.