Samuel Okwaraji Bio
Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji was born on this day in 1964. He will always be remembered as a player who died during the course of service for his country.
A bright student, the Orlu-born Okwaraji had a Masters degree in International law from the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome but chose to pursue his football interest.
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Who remembers the Nigeria Vs India match which ended 99-1?
Growing up I was told this guy #samuelokwaraji got our goal. He was fearless to the point he kicked the ball which turned into a lion’s head and he slumped afterwards. #GoogleDoodle pic.twitter.com/yEsXcFdtUl
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Okwaraji was born on 19 May 1964 in Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria.
Okwaraji had a career in Europe which included playing for AS Roma (1984-1985), NK Dinamo Zagreb (1985-1986), Austria Klagenfurt (1986-1987), VfB Stuttgart (1987-1989) and SSV Ulm 1846 (loan) (1987-1988) while finishing his education in law. In his short stay with Dinamo Zagreb, Samuel scored 3 goals in a friendly game vs NK Budućnost Hodošan. The game was played on 30 April 1986, and Dinamo Zagreb won 12-0. Samuel’s only official game for Dinamo in the Yugoslav First League was as a substitute on 18 May 1986 against FK Priština. The game was played at Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, the 29th round of 1985/86 season. Dinamo Zagreb won
He made the Green Eagles squad in 1988 and at that year’s African Nations Cup he scored one of the fastest goals in the history of the championship against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. He played along until the final match, where the Eagles lost to their perennial rivals Cameroon by a lone goal.
Last game and death
Okwaraji collapsed ten minutes from the end of a 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos and died from congestive heart failure. An 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.
Exactly 30 years ago today, Nigeria lost an iconic footballer
Samuel Okwaraji died of heart failure in a World Cup qualifiers match against Angola.
Gone but never forgotten 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/vnI9pcgauS
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Cause of Death
During his football years, the 25-year-old 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 of the fastest goals in the history of the African Nations Cup.
A year later, on August 12, 1989, the footballer who had gotten the attention of the Nigerians collapsed on the pitch at the 77 minute at the 1990 World Cup he died. An autopsy later revealed that he had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.
Google Pays Tributes to Samuel Okwaraji on his 55th Birthday with a Google Doodle For him. That Doodle is Visible only in Nigeria.
He was a Well Qualified and most Famous Footballer from Nigeria who died due to a Heart Attack in the 77th Minute of The Game. He played for Super Eagle.
The endeavors of previous Imo State senator Achike Udenwa – who named an arena under him-and the previous Lagos State representative Babatunde Fashola-who composed a dedication amusement and uncovered a solid bust of the late midfielder in the Rededicated Memorial Garden in his respect before a similar arena where he died, to stamp the twentieth commemoration of his passing. The previous representative likewise introduced the entirety of N1m to Samuel Okwaraji’s mom Mrs. Jane.
5 Fast Know Facts You Need to Know
- 1. Okwaraji was an Imo indigene
Sam, who would later become a fine midfielder in the round leather game, was born on 19th of May, 1964 in Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria.
- 2. He died at 25 of heart failure
Okwaraji died during a World Cup qualifying match against Angola at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on 12th of August, 1989. He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of the encounter. Nigeria won the game 1-0, but still failed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup.
- 3. Scorer of one of the fastest goals in AFCONOkwaraji was a member of the Green Eagles squad that represented Nigeria at the 1988 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Morocco, where he scored one of the fastest goals in the history of the tournament against Cameroon. It was his only international goal for Nigeria.
- 4. Okwaraji spent his entire football career in Europe
Sam played for Italian side, AS Roma between 1984 and 1985 as a youth player. He went on to play for NK Dinamo Zagreb between 1985 and 1986, for Austria Klagenfurt between 1986 and 1987, for VfB Stuttgart between 1987 and 1989 and for SSV Ulm 1846 on loan between 1987-1988.
- 5. Okwaraji was also a trained Lawyer
Other than his football career, the Imo-born star bagged a Masters degree in Law from the University of Rome. He was playing professional football while finishing his education in law.
There wasn’t Internet as at that time of that mythical Nigeria-India 99-0 match, but how come the fake story spread that much like wildfire?
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