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Glo NPL to honour late star

17 September 2014, 15:39Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The League Management Company (LMC) has ordered a minute silence for late Nigeria international Albert Onyeanwuna before kickoff of week 26 games of the Glo Nigerian Premier League on Wednesday.

Albert Onyeanwuna, who died on Monday in Lagos around 5.00 pm, having gone into coma less than one hour earlier, will be laid to rest on Saturday, September 19.

Onyeanwuna, one of the indigenous icons of the nascent association football league in the country played for the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) Red Devils of Port Harcourt in the 1950’s through to the 1960’s.

The LMC said it has issued the directive to all Match Commissioners to ensure that tribute be paid to Onyeanwuna, nicknamed, Master Dribbler and who was a member of national team in Nigeria’s debut appearance at the Africa Nations Cup in 1963.

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It is befitting that today’s players pay their last respect to this great football player who will be buried this coming weekend and this will be done before kick-off with a minute’s silence at all match venues, Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of LMC said on Monday.

Onyeanwuna made his first appearance for the National Team, then known as the Red Devils in 1955 when he featured in an Olympic qualifying match against Morocco. He went on to score for Nigeria at the 1963 Nations Cup which was the country’s entry into the competition.

The late former international will be laid to rest in his native Abatete in Anambra State on Friday, 19th September.

Abubakar emphasised that the LMC will continue to honour heroes of the past and the present to inspire active and aspiring football players to give their best for self, club, the league and the country at all times knowing that their labour will not be in vain.

Onyeanwuna scored six goals in 26 international appearances for the Red Devils.

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