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Tributes galore as Achebe’s laid to rest

BY VINCENT UJUMADU, Awka

SPORTS administrators from various parts of the country Friday at Ogidi, Idemili North local government area of Anambra State paid tributes to the former secretary-general of the defunct Nigeria Football Association, NFA, P.O.C Achebe describing him as one of the best football administrators Nigeria ever had.

Among football officials that graced Achebe’s burial ceremony at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ogidi were the vice chairman of Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, Mike Umeh, former NFA vice chairman,  Nwabufo Obienu,  Emeka Inyama, Mr. Ademola Olajire, former director of sports in the old Anambra State, Dr. Robert Duhu, Mr. Charles Ojugbana, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, Dr. Christian Emeruwa and Felix Ogbuka.

Former players of Rangers International Football Club of Enugu where Achebe also served as chief organizing secretary were present in large number. They include Emmanuel Okala, Luke Okpala, Ernest Ufele, Stanley Okoronkwo, Jude Agada, Akeem Ashiru, Francis Nwosu, Okwuchukwu Obiorah, Mike Ogbodudu, Patrick Ilouno, among others.

In his tribute, Umeh said Achebe, who popularly called Mr. Football, was so much committed in football administration that he remained a sports administrator till death.

To him, every football administrator in Nigeria benefited fro Achebe’s wealth of experience.

He commended members of his family for bringing his body back to Nigeria for burial, noting that it would have been a great disappointment if he was buried outside the country.

In his own tribute, Inyama, who was a former commissioner for sports in Abia State described Achebe as a great man, a consummate sports administrator, a very organized person, an icon.


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