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Sad News: Former Super Eagles Midfielder Dies on His Birthday (Photo]


The former Nigerian national team midfielder John Ene Okon has kicked the bucket. The player who featured for Nigeria at the 1987 Fifa U-20 World Cup as well as the 1992 African Cup of Nations was reported to have died in Calabar on Tuesday, March 15.

He was the coach of Calabar Rovers until his death.

Torrents of tributes have been pouring in for the humble late player with team mate Etim Esin posting a message on his Facebook page saying it was indeed sad news.
Emeka Ezeogu referred to the late player as a great midfielder: “Rest in Peace, soldier. May God rest his soul.  Great midfielder. 1992 Nations’ Cup,  Senegal. We’re gonna miss you, son. So long, soldier,” he wrote

The current Enugu Rangers coach, Imama Amapakabo, was full of words for the late player, saying he has lost a good friend. He said: “Good friends we’ve had good friends we’ve lost, good times we’ve had good times we’ve shared together along d way, in this great I can’t forget the past. “My tears run endless ever since the news broke to me early hours of this morning.

Okon died on his 47th birthday; he was born on March 15, 1969. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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