Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation is mourning the
death of former Golden Eaglets defender Friday Njengo who died on Sunday in
Njengo had been in intensive care at the National Hospital,
Abuja for more than nine months before finally giving up.
He was involved in an accident with team-mate Adamu Abubakar
on February 3 while traveling from Jalingo to Calabar for the team’s first
phase of final camping for the African Championship.
Njengo was a regular with the Manu Garba team during the
qualifying series for the 2013 CAN U-17 Championship, during which the Eaglets
thrashed Niger Republic, Guinea and Mali home-and-away.
“This is very sad news. We had looked forward to the boy
eventually recovering to be part of the team again as the squad progresses to
the next level. It is a thing of sorrow to lose such a huge talent this way,”
NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu, said on Tuesday.
While Njengo sustained head injury in the accident,
goalkeeper Adamu Abubakar was luckier and was discharged after a few days. NFF
President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, who was at the Africa Cup of Nations in South
Africa, had ordered that Njengo be moved from the Federal Medical Centre,
Jalingo to the National Hospital, Abuja two days after the crash.
At the National Hospital, an operation was performed on the
player and he was thought to be recovering, though still suffering from memory
lapse, until his death on Sunday night.
The Nigeria Football Federation stated on Tuesday that
burial arrangements would be announced after consultations with the family.