Nigerian international and Madura United forward Osaze Odemwingie has condoled with families of the fire disaster in the Russian city of Kemerovo. The former Stoke and West Brom ace, took to the social media to express his heart felt pity for the victims of the inferno describing the incident as very sad and regrettable.
Odemwingie who was born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union to a Nigerian father (Peter Odemwingie Sr.) and a Russian mother (Raisa), both of whom were medical students, grew up in Russia and is very fluent in the language dispatched his message in Russian.
At least 64 people died in the Kemerovo blaze on Sunday, 41 of them children. Relatives say dozens of people are still missing. Wednesday was declared a day of national mourning, and vigil was held across Russia.
“My deepest condolences to all those who suffered from the fire in Kemerovo, especially the parents of all the children who died. I have no words. Very sad, “he said.
The former Bendel Insurance ace, who made over 63 appearances for the Super Eagles joined the Indonesian club side in April 2017 and has so far made over 22 appearances for the side scoring 15 goals. Odemingie was however absent in the club’s last tie Monday against visiting Barto Pureta but compatriot Greg Nwokolo was on target as Madura United recorded a 3-1 victory.
Thousands of people protested in Kemerovo on Tuesday amid anger over alleged safety failings at the Winter Cherry mall, where the fire broke out.
Investigators say the fire alarm was broken and exits blocked, and President Vladimir Putin who visited Kemerovo on blamed “criminal negligence” for the blaze.