NFF Mourns Former Super Eagles Player Okey Isima

By SR Sports

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed deep shock at news of the death of former international defender Okechukwu Isima, MON. The unfortunate incident occurred in the Federal Capital, Abuja on Monday.

 
“The news of the departure of Okey Isima, MON at a time we are still celebrating the Super Eagles’ triumph at the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa hit us like a thunderbolt. He was a gentleman on and off the field.
 
“We are deeply saddened by his death and we pray that the Almighty God will grant him eternal rest and grant those he has left behind, including the Nigeria football family, the fortitude to bear the loss,” said Chief Emeka Inyama, Chairman of the NFF Media and Publicity Committee.
 
Better known as Okey Isima, the renowned left back won the Africa Cup of Nations trophy with the Green Eagles in 1980 and also played for Nigeria at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow as well as the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Libya
 
He played for a few more years with the Eagles after the Libya ’82 adventure, scoring a famous goal in the 1-0 defeat of Tunisia in a 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifying match in Lagos in 1985.
 

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Okey Isima,along with Richard

Okey Isima,along with Richard Owuobokiri,Sylvanus "Hafia" Okpala - Portuguese League and John Chiedozie and Banjo - English League were our foreign professionals in those days. Okey was an adventurous defender who held his own proudly in the defence but would make daring raids upfront in the days when Nigeria used wingers effectively. He once played for Rangers Enugu and Standards Jos. Celestine Babayaro, Mobi Oparaku and sometimes, even Taribo West, would, many years later, use the same playbook (that of making daring runs from the defense) to devastating effects....during Atlanta Olympics and other AFCON meetings. How time flies. I hear that Okey Isima died, knowing the Lord. May God rest His righteous soul.

NFA and NFF now miss Okey

NFA and NFF now miss Okey Isima.Before now who asked about him?Who missed Yekini until he died?Nigeria we hail thee!

This is a big shock and one

This is a big shock and one of my sadest moments .To loose such a quintessence of a man.I have known Okey since our days in High school and he never changed as a happy contented man,never wanted much out of life,just simple quiet pleasures,readily sociable.Someone you could trust and rely on,someone you could confide in and ask for advice."We must die we know"said a character in shakespeare"tis but the time and drawing days out that men stand upon"Okey.you will be greatly missed by everyone of us who had the privileged of knowing and loved you.
May your soul rest in perfect peace-Amen

May His Soul Rest in Peace

May his soul rest in peace.

Okey Isima, May You

Okey Isima, May You RIP.

Great, great player. This was the guy that was covering Segun Odegbami during those IICC Vs Rangers show down in coal-city and Liberty stadium. It was indid joyous to wittnessed those wonderful football matches. Thanks you all for the good ole days. Yes, it is a sad truth that you are gone now but those wonderful memories that you left behind live on. PEACE-ALL-THE-WAY TO GREAT OKEY ISIMA!

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