Lagos - Taiwo Afinnih, a former chairman, Lagos State Football Association (LSFA) has described late Yomi Peters, a former captain of the defunct Stationery Stores FC of Lagos, as shocking.
Peter died on Wednesday at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital after a protracted illness.
"He was a very nice person, who loved football. He was my senior and we also played together. We also served on the Lagos State
FA board in the same period and the Lagos Football Technical committee. This is such a bad news.
"May his soul rest in perfect peace and I pray that God gives his family the fortitude to bear the loss. He was indeed a great man,’’ Afinnih said.
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He said the late Peters was a person who was dedicated to the development of football in the state.
Afinnih appealed to the Lagos State Government to create avenues to give recognition to former football players and other athletes who brought honour to the state.
"It is a pity that Peters died in penury because our government has not been fair to those that have participated in sports.
"I will say that is one of the reasons why Yomi Peters died like that,’’ he said.
The late Peters joined join the defunct Stationery Stores FC of Lagos in 1969, where he was widely known and respected.
He died at the age of 74.