Tears as former Nigeria Football Federation president dies at 73

Tears as former Nigeria Football Federation president dies at 73

Oluwatomiwa Babalola
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:41 PM
  • ormer NFF president Dominic Oneya has been confirmed dead at the age of 73 in his home in Delta State
  • The late retired general oversaw the affairs of Nigerian football national teams from 1999 to 2002
  • During his reign, Nigeria won silver at the 2000 AFCON championship and bronze two years later

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Nigerian football family has been thrown into mourning following the death of former Nigeria Football Federation president Dominic Oneya at the age of 73.

The retired Brigadier General was in charge of the country's apex football body between 1999 and 2002 before handing over to Ibrahim Galadima.

He was said to have passed away on Thursday, August 5 in his country home at Effurun GRA in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.

Tears as former Nigeria Football Federation president dies at 73
Late former Nigeria Football Federation president Dominic Oneya. Credit - The Cable
Source: UGC

His death was however confirmed by the sitting NFF chief Amaju Pinnick according to Punch. He was quoted saying:

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“Yes, he is dead.”

The Super Eagles won silver medal at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations competition co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana and bronze medal two years later in Mali while in charge of the football body.

He also oversaw the country's outing during the 2002 Korea/Japan FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.

Meanwhile, he also served in different capacities in CAF committees and recently headed the Ministerial Committee on Reforms in Nigerian Football

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian-born footballer Kelvin Odichukumma Igweani has been gunned down by police in the United Kingdom after a neighbor was found dead in his apartment in a heartbreaking scene.

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