Nigeria’s football family has been thrown into deep sorrow following the death of NFF Executive Member, Chidi Ofo Okenwa.
Okenwa, Chairman of the Nigeria National League, died on Tuesday morning at the age of 50.
The Chairman of the Enugu State Football Association was diagnosed with leukemia, and was said to have been restless throughout the night. He slumped in the early hours and was rushed to a private hospital in Enugu, where he was confirmed dead.
The NFF President Pinnick Melvin Amaju expressed sadness over the sad incident.
“This is a huge shock. Each and everyone of us on the NFF Board is in absolute grief. Chidi (Okenwa) was a loyal soldier of Nigeria Football and was a leading member of our intellectual wing. This is a terrible blow.
“He was one man you can always rely on to give candid advice. We bounced ideas off him regularly and picked his brain on many issues because of his wide knowledge and decades of experience in football administration. We will sorely miss him,” Pinnick said.
Former NFF board member Barrister Chris Green and Chairman League Management Committee Shehu Dikko have also paid tributes to a man they described as brilliant.