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Chukwuma Igweonu: Nigeria has lost a great star -Minister

The death of  Former Green Eagles Star Chukwuma Igweonu has been  described  as  the end of another golden  era of Nigerian  Football  by Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr Sunday Dare, even as he praised  the exploits of  the late  player.

Igweonu  played  for  the Green Eagles from 1958  to 1972.  Some of his teammates include  Godwin Achebe , Emmanuel    Omiunu  , Isaac Nnado Jide Johnson, Lati Gomez and Niyi Omowon. 

In his tributes  to the Former Rangers and Plateau  player  who was refered to as it’s  a goal because of his goal scoring prowess, the Minister  Said” Nigeria  has lost another great player in Igweonu who was such a prolific scorer that he was nicknamed  it is a goal. He belonged to the old generation  of players who played in Nigeria’s first appearance in the Nations Cup in 1963 in  Ghana. He was not just a great player, he was also  a role model to many players who emulated his sterling qualities.  He was one of the golden boys of that era. He made so much impact that  canot  be forgotten  in Nigeria’s  football history. We have lost a rear gem, another chapter has closed in our football  history. My thoughts  are with his family, friends and the Nigerian Football  family.  May God console the family and may his soul rest in peace” ,the Minister  said.

Igweonu played  for The Porth Harcourt  Red Devils with whom he won the Challenge Cup, Rangers and Plateau  team.

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