Sad Day as Top and Important Nigerian Football Chief Dies After Serious Battle Against Sickness

Sad Day as Top and Important Nigerian Football Chief Dies After Serious Battle Against Sickness

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Nigerian Professional League club Shooting Stars have lost their General Manager Rasheed Balogun
  • The football administrator battled against sickness for weeks in the hospital before he died on Thursday night, January 20
  • Shooting Stars will be facing Kwara United on Sunday, January 20, in their next NPFL game which will be played in Ibadan

Nigerian football fraternities were on Thursday night, January 20, thrown into serious mourning following the shocking demise of Shooting Stars' General Manager Rasheed Balogun.

The death of the top football administrator came 4 days after his club suffered a defeat against Niger Tornadoes in their Nigerian Professional Football League match-day seven clashes in Abuja.

Rasheed Balogun
Late Shooting Stars General Manager Rasheed Balogun. Photo: Abdul Momoh and NPFL News
Source: Twitter

Popularly known as Kulekule, Rasheed Balogun has been with Shooting Stars of Ibadan for more than 10 years and he was one of the most experienced football experts in Nigeria.

What caused Rasheed Balogun's death?

According to the news on Blueprint and NPFL News, Rasheed Balogun battled against serious sickness and was in bed for weeks before he passed on.

What is the position of Shooting Stars on the NPFL table?

After seven rounds of matches played so far this season in the Nigerian Professional Football League, the Shooting Stars of Ibadan are currently occupying 19th position on the NPFL table.

The Oluyole Warriors will on Sunday, January 23, face Kwara United in Ibadan in their Nigerian Professional Football League match-day 8 encounter.

Shooting Stars' players will want to win the encounter against Kwara United, but they have to do well against the Harmony Boys who defeated Kano Pillars on Thursday afternoon, January 20.

Sadiq Umar demands support from fans not backlashes after scoring 1st Super Eagles goal

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Super Eagles striker Sadiq Umar beckoned on all Nigerians to keep supporting the national team at the ongoing AFCON in Cameroon after Nigeria sealed qualification to the Round of 16.

Nigeria topped Group D after defeating title favourites Egypt, Sudan, and Guinea-Bissau in all her group games at the tournament.

Sadiq Umar who has featured in all the Eagles games so far in the tournament opened his goal-scoring account for the senior national team when he coolly tapped in from close range to give Nigeria the lead against Guinea-Bissau.

The Almeria forward had been heavily criticized by fans of the Super Eagles for not always imposing himself on games having failed to score in his first two appearances for the Nigerian team but that changed in the inconsequential final group game against the Djurters as the lanky forward opened his goals account for the national team.

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