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Former Super Eagles striker Imenger dies aged 45

THE Nigerian football family was thrown into mourning on Monday following the untimely death of former Super Eagles striker Barnabas Imenger at the age of 45.

The League Management Company, the body running the Nigeria Professional Football League, was in sombre mood on Monday following the death of the Lobi Stars team manager.

The unfortunate passing of the former Super Eagles striker after a protracted illness was announced on Monday by Lobi Stars.

“Everyone at #PrideOfBenue mourns the death of a homegrown talent, club legend, a former @NGSuperEagles forward and our Team Manager, Barnabas Imenger,” the club said in an official statement on Twitter.

“We cannot forget his contributions to #WeAreLobi.”

The LMC expressed their sadness at the death of the former star in another Twitter post.

“Our deepest condolences to Lobi Stars and the entire football community in Nigeria on the passing away of former international and Lobi Stars Team Manager Barnabas Imenger,” they wrote.

Imenger was said to have died at the National Hospital in Abuja on Monday morning after battling illness for some time.

Born on 15 May, 1975, Imenger was a big star in the Nigerian league with Lobi Stars and other clubs.

He was in the star-studded Super Eagles squad that represented Africa at the King Fahd Cup (which later became the FIFA Confederations Cup for continental champions), along with big stars like Samson Siasia, Peter Rufai, the late Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh, Emmanuel Amuneke and Austin Jay Jay Okocha.

He was the second youngest member of the squad after Mutairu Momodu, and he went on to have a successful playing career.

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