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Touched by the high rate at which Nigeria’s retired footballers are dying due to lack of proper care, a body called Nigerian Ex-International Footballers Association (NEIFA) based in the United States of America has put a machinery in place to halt the ugly trend.
The country has lost some of its legends in the past few years, including former Flying Eagles goalkeeper, Raymond King, who died from a partial stroke. There was also former Youth international, Peter Ogaba, who passed on at the age of 42 after a brief illness in Abuja.
Super Eagles’ former goalie, Wilfred Agbonavbare passed on in Spain, just as the senior national team former coach, Paul Hamilton died after being bedridden for years at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
Speaking with The Guardian in Lagos yesterday, President of NEIFA, Francis Monidafe said the main objective of the body is to promote the development of football in Nigeria and internationally, provide for the welfare of former and present national team players and serve as ambassadors for Nigerian football.
Monidafe was a member of the all-conquering Bendel Insurance squad that defeated Enugu Rangers in the final of the 1978 Challenge Cup in Lagos. He went on to feature for the then Green Eagles from 1978 till early 1980s.
He stated that NEIFA has provided financial help to some of their former teammates including Peter Anieke, Christian Madu, Kelechi Emeteole and…