Lagos - The Golden Eaglets are sad over the death of former
team-mate Friday Njengo.
The 17-year-old defender passed on after spending close to
nine months in the intensive care unit of the hospital following a surgery due
to an auto crash on his way to the team's Calabar Camp on February 3.
Golden Eaglets Head coach Manu Garba described as shocking and
painful the death of Njengo at the Abuja National Hospital.
"This indeed is a great loss as Njengo lost his life while
serving Nigeria," a crest-fallen coach Manu said in a statement made
available to News24 Nigeria.
"Nigeria have lost a great potential who could have
played for the Super Eagles; adieu smiling Friday Njengo and may God grant him
While at the hospital
battling for survival, Njengo was not forgotten and repeatedly got
assistance from Golden Eaglets so much
so his team mates randomly dedicated goals during the CAN and FIFA U-17 Championship.
"I'm so pained over the unfortunate loss of Njengo
because he was so close to me and I remembered he called me barely five minutes
before he had that accident," lamented Suleiman Abubakar, the team coordinator.
"I'm always in tears anytime I was in the hospital to visit
him and I saw how he battled for survival; so painful that we lose him at a
time we are still celebrating our victory at the World Cup."
According to Taiwo Awoniyi, Njengo would forever be
remembered for contributing partly towards the success of the Golden Eaglets' qualification
for CAN 2013 en route to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup UAE 2013.
“I would remember Friday for being a very cool and gentle
teammate who worked for the success of the Golden Eaglets in the qualifiers,”
noted the World Cup hero, Awoniyi.
Apart from featuring in some local friendly matches, Njengo
was a second half substitute for Wilfred Ndidi in the 2-0 away win against Mali
at the Stade Mamadou Konate in Bamako on December 2, 2012. Always with an
infectious smile, Njengo was born April 24, 1996 native in Gombe. He cut his
teeth at Yarmalight Academy of Gombe.
“May his soul rest in peace," stated Tayo Egbaiyelo,
the Golden Eaglets' secretary.