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Former Eagles' Player is Dead

Nigerian soccer icon, Albert Onyeawuna has been reported dead at aged 78 years.
Seasoned sports journalist, Kayode Tijani, who broke the news, said: "Albert Onyeawuna died yesterday evening after going into a coma for less than one hour.

"His wife called me, crying and yelling that her husband had gone into a coma at their Festac residence (Lagos State) and after about an hour she confirmed that her husband was dead.
"Late Onyeawuna has been struggling with his health for decades, especially with his eyes, which saw him endure repeated operations countless times and he bore the cost of these operations with his life savings which saw him go broke and struggling financially for years but he consistently swore that he will never beg Nigeria, the country he served but which he said abandoned him for help.

"Onyeawuna also stopped granting media interviews some years ago when it published that he was pleading for Nigeria to come to his aid. Some years ago he was again involved in a ghastly auto accident that complicated his health but again he bore the cost and implications. At a time, attempts were made by some close associates to make the Lagos State Government help him with his eye operations but it never really happened."

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According to family sources, the late Onyeawuna, who was renowned for his dribbling skills which earned him the title "master dribbler" during the 1950s and 1960s died on Monday at a clinic in Lagos.
He was reported to have been sick for several months before he passed on late last night.
The late Onyeawuna debuted for Nigeria's national team then called the Red Devils on October 30, 1955 and played his last game for the country on March 26 1964. He scored seven goals in 26 games.
He was the star of the Port Harcourt team in the 1950s and scored twice as they beat Kano 4-1 in the 1955 Challenge Cup.

He also shone as his team won the Challenge Cup beating Federal United 6-1 in 1958.
Onyeawuna played in Nigeria's first ever African Cup of Nations in Ghana in 1963.
Some of his contemporaries include the likes of Sam Ibiam, Dan Anyiam, Asuquo Ekpe, Godwin Achebe, Dejo Fayemi, Patrick Noquaqor, Paul Hamilton, Fabian Duru, Teslim Balogun and Elkana Onyeali.
Onyeawuna retired from the game and invested very well but at his old age, he had serious challenges with his sight. Payments for eye surgeries from an auto accident practically wiped out all his investments.
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, on Tuesday expressed sorrow over his death.
The football body also mourn the passing of Kaduna United FC Head Coach Saleh Lato and five players of Nigeria Nationwide League side Bakoji FC of Kaduna, who died in a car accident during the festive period.

-Eagleonline
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