February 26, 2024

A young footballer, identified as Segun Idowu, slumped on the field during one of the matches in the ongoing Kogi FA Chairman’s Cup at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja on Friday, January 27, 2023.

Segun played for Barnet FC before his demise.

A statement from the Chairman, Kogi State Football Association, Alhaji Suleiman Umar, confirmed the incident.

“Who are we to question our maker who gives and takes when he so wishes,” the Chairman said, while describing the death of Idowu as shocking and painful.

The statement further read, “We were shocked this (Friday) morning when we received with heavy hearts the news that Segun, a footballer with Barnet FC, Lokoja who slumped and fell on the field after a collision with his teammate, has passed away.

“We were on the field when the collision happened. He was revived and quickly rushed to the hospital. Report coming from the hospital says he was doing fine and we kept praying all along that God almighty should intervene, only to get the sad news that he had given up the ghost.

“The entire football family in Lokoja is absolutely sad by the death of the promising talent. It was a simple case of collision on the field but Segun has to pass through that path to return to his creator.

“May God repose his soul and comfort his immediate and extended family during this trying period and we pray not to witness such a moment again.”

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