Nigerians, Google Remember Late Okwaraji
Google doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages, intended to commemorate holidays, events, achievements, and notable historical figures.
On Sunday, 19th May, Google doodle, celebrated the 55th posthumous birthday of Samuel Okwaraji, a professional Nigerian footballer who died in active duty in 1989 while playing for his country.
Naija News reports according to Wikipedia, “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.”
Okwaraji played for major European football clubs including; AS Roma, Austria Klagenfurt, NK Dinamo Zagreb, VfB Stuttgart.
He was also a member of the Green Eagles (now Super Eagles) squad of 1988 and scored one of the fastest goals in the history of the African Nations Cup.
Okwaraji was only 25 years of age when he died.