Four-time winners of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, Kano Pillars, have confirmed the death of their center back, Chinedu Udoji.
Udoji died last night, after he was involved in a ghastly car crash in Kano, according to the club.
” Chinedu Udoji was involved in a car accident yesterday after visiting his former team mates at Enyimba,” the club said in a statement on their official social media account.
Chinedu Udoji was involved in a car accident yesterday after visiting his former team mates at Enyimba. This tragic accident happened along Club Road in Kano. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, fans, and football lovers all across the country.
— Kano Pillars FC (@pillarsfc) February 19, 2018
The dependable defender was part of the Pillars side who were held at home to a 1-1 draw by visitors, Enyimba, in one of the week nine matches played across the country.
He was involved in the auto crash as he made his way back to the club, following a short visit to the hotel where his former team and teammates from the camp of the People’s Elephants were staying.
The ex-Enyimba captain was named man of the match in that encounter against Pillars, and his sudden demise has come as a huge shock to everyone involved in the Football League.
Here are some of the reactions, as lovers of Nigerian football express shock and disbelief.
Such sad news to wake up to. Former Enyimba captain and Kano Pillars defender, Chinedu Udoji has passed on.
He played for Kano Pillars against his former club yesterday. This is so sad!#RIPUdoji
— Biola Omowanle (@Beeorlicious) February 19, 2018
Ex Enyimba international FC and Kano pillars defender, Chinedu Udoji is Dead.
He played for Kano Pillars yesterday before he was involved in an accident. RIP! pic.twitter.com/b4piU3qa7M
— POOJA… (@PoojaMedia) February 19, 2018
The Kaduna boy. The legend in Aba. The conqueror of Kano Pillars……Chinedu Udoji is gone. Goodnight Warrior!
— Muhammad Tukur (@emtukur) February 19, 2018
Calm and a well coordinated footballer?
It's really heartbreaking waking up to the news of Chinedu Udoji's passing. The #NPFL would miss his presence. Our hearts go out to his family and Kano Pillars #RIPChineduUdoji https://t.co/az7DKd9gJ8
— Heartland FC (@HeartlandFC_ng) February 19, 2018
Following an accident in Kano yesterday just after Kano Pillars game against Enyimba, Chinedu Udoji didn't make. RIP to a born leader. You'll surely be missed
— Queen john (@Queenjohn4) February 19, 2018
— Bolarinwa Olajide (@iambolar) February 19, 2018
Sad to hear the news of the passing away of Kano Pillars defender Chinedu Udoji, who was involved in a ghastly motor accident on his way home after Pillar’s 1-1 draw against his former side, Enyimba on Sunday. #RIPUdoji My condolences to his family. ? pic.twitter.com/UhFcpxfA23
— Akeem Lawal (@Keemlawal47) February 19, 2018
The gift of life is the most precious gift from God..
Woke up to a sad news this morning as Chinedu Udoji former ENYIMBA captain and now with Kano pillars(Played in the 1-1 draw in kano yesterday)died early this morning in a car Crash..What a life!!
R.I.P Chinedu Udoji
— omodia okhueleigbe (@omodia4real) February 19, 2018
You were a born leader and a legend!
You were courageous & a fighter, up till 90th minute on Sunday but unfortunately couldn't fight off death.
Adieu Skippo! May God keep your wonderful boys you left behind to be able to surpass your height.
RIP Chinedu 'Captain' Udoji! pic.twitter.com/kmAQ6lHsr6
— ACLSports (@acl_sports) February 19, 2018