By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The board, management, coaches, players and staff of former Nigeria league champions, Rangers International F.C have joined millions of football aficionados around the world to mourn the sudden passing-on of NFF executive committee member, NNL chairman and Enugu state F.A chairman, Honorable Chidi Ofo Okenwa.
In an emotion laden voice, G.M/CEO of Rangers, Prince Davidson Owumi, described the death of Okenwa as a great loss to the whole nation with regards to the round leather game and his wealth of experience would be greatly missed.
“I am indeed short of words to describe the feelings going round in the camp of Rangers on the sudden death of the Enugu F.A chairman, Honorable Chidi Ofo Okenwa. We can’t come to grips with the sad fact that our dear F.A boss is no more. Life is indeed cruel in this situation. This was a man that came up with a lot of contributions as we made plans for the burial of our late player, Ifeanyi George, few weeks back.
This is a very, very big loss,” stated Owumi between sobs.The former NPL boss, further said,
“I pray God to grant his immediate family the fortitude to bear this loss while the entire football family in the country are urged to key into the positives he left behind. May his gentle soul rest in peace”
Also reacting to the death of the football guru, the administrative secretary of Rangers, Barrister Ferdinand Ugwuarue, said, “A great Iroko has fallen and it will take some time to grown another. He left us when his massive intellectual prowess was most needed to solve a complex federation’s challenge of a time. We will miss his inestimable support.”
It would be recalled that the Obinagu-Uno, Ogonogo-Eji-Ndiuno, Akpugo, Nkanu West LGA, Enugu state born but highly de-tribalized astute football administrator, joined his ancestors, Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at about 10.00 hours, after a long battle with an undisclosed ailment.