Janet Okwaraji

Janet Okwaraji

Lady Janet Okwaraji, the mother of former Green Eagles Superstar Sam Okwaraji who died on the pitch while playing for Nigeria has died at the age of 83.

Mrs Okwaraji who lived in Enugu state, her home state was said to have died after a protracted illness.

She died weeks after Minister of Youth and Sports Development sent Covid-19 palliatives to her alongside other parents of late ex-Nigeria international.

The death of the matriarch of Okwaraji family was confirmed to newsmen by his eldest son, Patrick Okwaraji on Monday.

The eldest son, however, said that no date had been scheduled for the burial.

He said he would meet with members of his family in Umudioka, Orlu council area of Imo for further arrangements.

He said a letter had been sent to the Minister of Youths and Sports and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to inform them of the development.

She was a retired seasoned teacher, a school proprietress and a devout Christian.

Sam Okwaraji, an ace footballer and a patriotic Nigerian who died while playing for the Green Eagles in a World Cup qualifier against Angola at the National Stadium, Lagos on August 12, 1989.