Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, and Aspire Football Academy director in Nigeria, retd Colonel Sam Ahmedu, have yet to recover from the shocking exit of former Golden Eaglets and Under-20 goalkeeper, John Felagha.
Ex-Flying Eagles goalkeeper died in Senegal on Sunday, according to the Nigeria Football Federation. He was aged 26.
NFF expressed condolence with the family of the late player in a tweet on Monday.
The federation expressed its condolences with the family of the late player.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
In the same vein, Sam Ahmedu on his Facebook account expressed sadness about the death of the former international.
According to Ahmedu: “Yesterday we lost former Nigerian National Under-17 and Under-20 goalkeeper, John Felagha. John, a staff of Aspire Academy, passed away in Saly, Senegal.
“The 26 year old John was an amiable guy and very much loved by all. He was among the first set of Nigerians selected for the Aspire Football Dreams Project and after five years at the Academy where he excelled, played professional football at KAS Eupen in the Belgium Jupiter League.
“John was Nigeria’s No 2 Goalkeeper at the 2009 FIFA U17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria where Nigeria reached the Finals and was also on the National U20 teams to the next African Under-20 Championship and World Cup thereafter.
“He ended his pro career due to injury and until his death was a goalkeeper Coach at the Aspire Academy. He is survived by sisters and uncles. Burial arrangements will be announced in conjunction with the family later. Adieu, John Felegha! You will be missed greatly. May you rest in peace in the bossom of the Lord,” Ahmedu stated.