Yisa Sofoluwe dead: Former Super Eagles defender dies at 53

Yisa Sofoluwe dead: Popular Super Eagles defender, Yisa Shofoluwe has been reported dead, as the sports fraternity in Nigeria has been thrown into a fresh round of mourning.

At the time of his passing, he was 53 years of age.

The Punch had reported the former left-back was initially diagnosed with mild cerebral atrophy at the Prince and Life Medical Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos, but was moved to LUTH last Friday after his medical condition worsened.

 

However, close friends of the former Nigeria International defender confirmed late Tuesday night that the man fondly called the ‘Dean of Defence’ lost the battle to stay alive.

 

“We lost a gem again in the legendary Yisa Otobo Shofoluwe minister of defense rest in peace,” former star player of Stationery Stores and friend to Sofoluwe, Taiwo Oloyede said Tuesday night

 

Late Shofoluwe played 40 matches and scored one goal for Nigeria.

 

He was a member of Nigerian the Seoul ‘84 Olympics and also featured at 84 and 88 AFCON.

 

Shofoluwe starred for Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, played professional football in Belgium and was an assistant coach for the Golden Eaglets under Alphonsus Dike.

 

He was also an assistant coach at Gateway Football Club of Abeokuta

 

Sofoluwe’s death comes a few days after that of another former Nigeria International Joe Erico.

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