Mother of the Late Super Eagles Midfielder, Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji, Noble Lady Jane Okwaraji is calling on the federal government to immediately immortalize her late son by naming a national edifice after him.
Lady Okwaraji made the call during a courtesy visit by newsmen (Abia Breaking News) at her Abakpa Nike, Enugu home; She explained with dismay that federal and state governments have neglected her family since the demise of their son who died serving the nation.
According to her, “since my son’s death, I haven’t seen any government presence. As you can see, there is no power supply here, nothing that shows that government has come here. The only thing I want government to do is to name a national edifice after my son. That is all” she exclaimed.
Also speaking, the elder brother to the deceased player, Patrick Okwaraji said he is concerned about “the psyche of young players who are suppose to give their all while on national duty, but would not, because government would not stand up for them in case of any eventuality.”
He noted that the call for the immortalization of his late younger brother has been a recurring one, regretting that government has turned deaf ears to it.
Sam Okwaraji’s Short Biography
Born on 19 May, 1964 in Orlu, Imo state, Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji, a qualified lawyer who had a Masters in International Law from the University of Rome, Italy, collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos on 12 August, 1989 at the age of 25.
Okwaraji played for Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia, Austria Klagenfurt of Austria, VfB Stuttgart and SSV Ulm, both of Germany.
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