THE Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed the death of one of its referees, who lost his life on the way back from officiating a Nigeria Premier Football League match.
The referee, Dr Kingsley Eneogwe, passed away in a road accident on the Abuja-Kogi-Enugu highway on his way back to base after an NPFL match.
“This is one death that gnaws at the heart real tight. A young man with his life ahead of him, someone doing so well in his profession and in his avocation, and had worked hard to earn the respect of colleagues and acquaintances across board.
“I am in deep shock and sorrow,” NFF President Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau said in Algeria where he is attending the ongoing African Nations Championship as a guest of the Confederation of African Football.
Gusau added: “I pray that Almighty God will forgive him his sins and give him eternal rest, and also grant those he has left behind including his immediate family, friends and relations, members of the refereeing family, the NRA and Nigeria Football as a whole the fortitude to bear this big loss.”
Eneogwe, a practising medical doctor, had been part of the officiating crew for the midweek Nigeria Premier Football League match between Nasarawa United and Plateau United at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday.
He was returning to his base when the unfortunate accident occurred.