Uzama: Infantino Commiserates with NFF


FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, has written to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President, Amaju Pinnick, to commiserate with Nigeria over the killing of former youth international, Douglas Uzama.

In a letter dated January 6 and personally signed by him, the FIFA supremo wrote: “I would like to express my deepest sympathy on hearing the news of the tragic passing of Nigerian youth international Douglas Uzama.

“On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, please allow me to extend my deepest condolences to the football community of Nigeria, and most importantly, to his family, friends and loved ones.

“We hope that, in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.”

The former Under-17 and Under-20 international player who was on the books of Gombe United FC, was murdered by unknown persons in Benin City, Edo State on Thursday, December 29, 2016. The NFF has already called on the Nigeria Police to intensify the search for his killers in order to bring them to justice.

The killing of the Gombe player is coming barely two months after another Shooting Stars of Ibadan defender, Izu Joseph was shot dead in Rivers State in circumstances that still remained a mystery to his family and friends.

The Gombe United FC player was said to have been killed where he had gone to celebrate the yuletide with his family.

According to reports from Benin City, the former Flying Eagles invitee was hit by a bullet while in company with close friends.

The player was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. Nobody has been arrested in connection with the death of the Gombe player.