Google has joined Nigerians and the sporting world to commemorate the 55th posthumous birthday of late Nigeria International footballer, Sam Okwaraji.
To mark the day, the doodle of Sam Okwaraji is displayed onthe home page of Google. A click on the doodle will redirect you to the biography and other search results of Sam Okwaraji.
Below is a brief biography of the football legend.
Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.
He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.
Full name – Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji
Date of birth – 19 May 1964
Place of birth – Orlu, Nigeria
Date of death – 12 August 1989 (aged 25)
Place of death – Lagos, Nigeria
Playing position – Midfielder
Youth career – 1984–1985, AS Roma
1985–1986 – Dinamo Zagreb
1986–1987 – Austria Klagenfurt
1987–1989 – VfB Stuttgart
1987–1988 – SSV Ulm (loan)
1988–1989 – Nigeria