Google has celebrated the late Samuel Okwaraji’s 55th posthumous birthday with a doodle on its home page.
The doodle depicted Okwaraji in the Super Eagles green home jersey in action with his iconic dreadlocks.
Okwaraji died on the 12th of August 1989 at the National Stadium Surulere during a World Cup Qualifier against Angola.
This is not the first time the tech giants is making a Google Doodle for a late Nigerian international.
In the past, Google eulogized the legacy of iconic former Super Eagles captain and coach Stephen Keshi who died in 2016 with a doodle.
Yusuph Olaniyonu, spokesperson to Senate President Bukola Saraki. Mr Olaniyonu took to his official Tweeter handle @Yusupholaniyonu, to celebrate the football legend.
“I join numerous Nigerians and lovers of sports across the world while on a true hero of Nigerian sports who died some 30 years ago. May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace. #GoogleDoodle.
The Nigerian government in a post on its Tweeter handle, @FGNingeria, said.
“Today, we celebrate one of our past Heroes ~ Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989), a Lawyer turned Footballer. He served his father’s Land with all might. May the Labor of our Heroes never be to celebrate.
Today, we celebrate one of our past Heroes ~ Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989), a Lawyer turned Footballer. He served his father’s Land with all might. May the Labor of our Heroes never be in vain.#OurHeroes #GoogleDoodle pic.twitter.com/bQzdU0qIS4
— Federal Government of Nigeria (@FGNigeria) May 19, 2019
“Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria.
“He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.
“Samuel Okwaraji, a Nigerian midfielder was born on May 19, 1964, to Janet Okwaraji and David Okwaraji.
“He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on August 12, 1989.
“The autopsy showed that the 25-year-old had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure. The sudden death was similar to that of Marc-Vivien Foé less than 14 years later,” Google said.
During his football years, Okwaraji enjoyed successes as he had a stint with European football clubs; AS Roma, Austria Klagenfurt, NK Dinamo Zagreb, VfB Stuttgart.
As such, he was made a member of the Green Eagles squad of 1988 and scored the fastest goals in the history of African Nations Cup.
Okwaraji died at the age of 25.(NAN)
Victor Osimhen: Why Super Eagles star is yet to sign N6.5 billion Napoli deal- Agent
Lille and Nigeria striker, Victor Osimhen is set to make a decision about a potential move to Napoli this week after meeting Napoli club officials, his agent Osita Okolo has revealed.
The Nigeria international has been heavily linked with transfers across Europe after his outstanding debut campaign in France that earned him the award for the best African player in Ligue 1 this year.
Napoli is reportedly trying to close the deal with Victor Osimhen in the next few days, as respected Italian journalist Nicolò Schira reports that LOSC forward Osimhen has been offered a five-year deal worth €3m (N1.3b) a year totalling (N6.5b) for five years plus add-ons at the San Paolo.
Osimhen, who scored 18 goals in his first season at Lille, was in Italy last week to meet Napoli’s coach Genarro Gattuso and club president De Laurentiis. He also arrived the city to receive the club’s transfer offer and tour the city, however, his agent has disclosed that the final decision will be made by the player this week.
“Victor went to Naples with his representatives. We talked and exchanged views on the city: the impressions were good, to tell you the truth,” Okolo told Calcio Napoli 24 .
“Victor isn’t always shy, although he would’ve preferred to make an important decision with less media exposure.
“After meeting De Laurentiis, Giuntoli and Gattuso, he told me he needed some time to make a decision, without any pressure.
“Later this week he’ll drop his concerns and confirm his decision, whether he decides to accept Napoli’s offer or not.”
Okolo claimed Gattuso has assured the 21-year-old of his faith in him as a starter at the club.
“We’re waiting. [His decision] may come not long after today. The coach made him feel wanted. He believes a lot in [Osimhen’s] ability and what he can do,” he continued.
“Victor told me there was an agreement on everything but that there was still a couple more things to iron out before the final decision: the announcement should be made by tomorrow.
“I think it’s important for him to have a starting place, to grow further, even if there are no guarantees in the world of football.
“At Wolfsburg they promised him several things, then they moved the goalposts. Victor doesn’t want to get this decision wrong.
“I think Napoli would be the right place for him to grow, but he has the final say.”
Tottenham vs Everton: I have no interest in winning the ‘Fair Play Cup’- Mourinho
Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he has no interest in winning the “Fair Play Cup”.
This follows the on-field spat between goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris and Heung-Min Son at the end of the first half of their 1-0 win over Everton on Monday.
Mourinho said the fight should have happened in the dressing room rather than on the pitch, but that was where his disapproval ended.
“A team of good boys, a team of nice boys, the only thing they can win at the end of the season is the Fair Play Cup. Something I have never won and have no interest in winning that.
“You have to have certain characteristics. I don’t like a team without communication in a critical way.
“What happened should not happen on the pitch, it should happen inside the dressing room, but I promise you my winning teams we had big fights, big fights in the team,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
Lloris exchanged angry words with Son at the break, with the two players needing to be separated by Giovani Lo Celso, as the captain continued to criticize his team-mate for failing to track an Everton run just before the interval.
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Arsenal could use Alexandre Lacazette in a swap deal for their top target, Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey.
Lacazette has two more years left on his current contract with the Gunners, but manager Mikel Arteta has preferred Eddie Nketiah for some games since the restart.
Arteta’s priority this summer remains to extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s deal while strengthening his midfield ahead of next season.
Partey has been strongly linked with Arsenal and the Ghanaian is believed to be interested in a move to the Emirates.
Atletico Madrid are also keen to land Lacazette in part-exchange for Partey, according to L’Equipe.
Juventus and Milan are monitoring the 29-year-old’s situation at the Emirates, but Arteta will be keen for him to join the LaLiga side and facilitate Partey’s arrival.
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