Top Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Kano Pillars, has announced the death of 28-year-old defender Chinedu Udoji in a car crash on Sunday night.
The accident happened a few hours after Pillars’ league game against Udoji’s former club Enyimba.
Udoji, who played for Pillars in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against the Aba club, was involved in an accident on his way back after visiting his former teammates.
Kano Pillars announced Udoji’s death on the club’s official Twitter account.
Udoji joined Kano Pillars in 2016 after seven successful seasons with two-time African champions Enyimba.
He won two league titles, two FA Cups and reached the semi-final of the 2011 African Champions League with the Aba-based club.
Enyimba, the People’s Elephant, also took to Twitter to mourn their former player and described him as a great captain, leader and legend.
Club Chairman, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, added: “He was a ferocious captain and leader on the pitch, but a warm and gentle friend off it.”
Similarly, Rivers United and Nasarawa FC yesterday sent their condolences to the Kano Pillars and the immediate family of the late footballer.
“We have no words to express how deeply sorry we are but thoughts are with you as well as the Family of the deceased during this horrible time.
“We at Rivers United condoles with the Udoji family, Kano Pillars FC, Enyimba international FC, the League Management Company and the entire football and sports fraternity as a whole following this monumental loss. We pray that the soul of the departed will find eternal rest,” The Pride of Rivers wrote in the condolence message General Manager of the club, Chief Okey Kpalukwu sent to the player’s family
Udoji is survived by his wife and two children.