The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed shock at the death of its former Board Member, Chief Jude Ezechukwu.
Chief Ezechukwu, proprietor of the Jasper United Football Club of Onitsha, was said to have died in his sleep in the early hours of Wednesday, September 9, 2009.
NFF President, Sani Lulu Abdullahi, recalled that Chief Ezechukwu was a regular face in the Glass House despite his illâ€“health in the past few years. â€œHe was very passionate about the game and contributed so much for the development of the Nigerian game at home and abroad.
â€œHis Club, Jasper United Football Club, represented Nigeria in the CAF Cup competition and gave good account of itself in the continent. Chief Ezechukwu was the quintessential football man who loved the game with all his heart and invested greatly in the game.
â€œWe sincerely pray that Almighty God will grant his gentle soul eternal rest, and also give the entire Nigeria football family which he has left behind the fortitude to bear the lossâ€.
Chief Ezechukwu founded Jasper United FC in the early 1990s and the Club took the domestic scene by storm in the 90s, taking part in the then CAF Cup (which was later merged with the Cup Winners Cup to form the CAF Confederation Cup).