Nigerian football has witnessed another tragedy with the death of former Flying Eagles midfielder, Peter Ogaba, who died in Abuja on Thursday at the age of 41.
Thegazellenewscom reports that Ogaba made history in 1987 when he became the youngest ever player at a FIFA tournament when he played at the FIFA U-17 World Youth Championship in Canada at the age of 13. The Golden Eaglets won silver at the championship.
Thegazellenews.com can also reveal that the late Ogaba was a member of the Flying Eagles team to the Saudi Arabia FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship in 1989 which performed the Damman Miracle by coming from four goals down with 15 minutes remaining to score all four goals back and eventually winning on penalties against then USSR in a quarter final clash.
Ogaba, who was the youngest player to feature for Nigeria at the age of 15, at the Saudi ’89 FIFA U-20 World Cup, died after brief illness. He had a brief illness, took medication and he was later found dead alone inside his apartment in Abuja. The landlord and tenants had to force his flat open where they saw him lifeless. His body has been deposited at the Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja.
SR Sports gathered from Abuja based sports journalist, Francis Achi, who described late Ogaba as passionate and easy going person, who was always ready to give his opinion on football matters.
“Peter was sick, just brief illness. He died in his Abuja house last night (Thursday night) and his body has been deposited at the Asokoro General hospital in Abuja. It is well. He was one of the guys that I can call at any time for comment, opinion and other football matter and we are very closed,” Achi said.
Ogaba played for clubs like Sporting Lokeren, FC Oulu, MSV Duisburg, among others between 1991 and 2000. Meanwhile, burial arrangement will be announce by his family, as they are yet to overcome to shocking news of his death.