Sofoluwe, Nigeria Football Icon Was Buried On Wednesday.

The former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe was buried on Wednesday at the Atan Cemetery. Former Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, Waidi Akanni, who was a close friend and former teammate of late Nigeria international said that Sofoluwe’s body was taken from the Lagos University Teaching Hospital early morning of Wednesday to his residence in Ikorodu and that arrangements had been concluded for his burial at 4 pm, at the Atan Cemetery.


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With Akanni who was present at his burial ceremony with the members of his family at his residence at Ikorodu. he was laid to rest by 4, in the evening at the Atan cemetery. He was committed to mother earth according to Islamic rites. “There was a bigger gathering of friends and football stakeholders on his 8th-day prayer.”

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The former Nigeria international, nicknamed ‘Minister of Defence’ by ace sportscaster late Ernest Okonkwo died at the University Teaching Hospital Idi-Araba Tuesday evening. He was diagnosed with cerebral atrophy. Yemi Sofoluwe was first diagnosed with mild cerebral atrophy at the Prince and Life Medical Hospital, Ikorodu from where he was moved to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital last week.

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His club career saw him feature for ITT, a Lagos amateur club from where he was invited to the Flying Eagles in 1983. On his return from the U20 World Cup which held in Mexico, he moved to the defunct Abiola Babes Football Club of Abeokuta before moving to Belgium.

After a brief sojourn in Europe, Sofoluwe returned to the country to team up with Gateway United Football Club of Abeokuta where he later became a coach. The former Nigeria international played for the National team between 1983 and 1988. He had 40 caps with one international goal to his credit. He was a member of the 1984 and 1988 Nigerian squads to the Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. Nigeria won a silver medal on both occasions after losing to Cameroon in the final.

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