Nigeria U19 volleyball player, Paul Anshungu died on Wednesday after suffering complications days after a successful operation in Makurdi, Benue state.
Late Anshungu represented Nigeria at the 2019 U19 World Volleyball Championship in Tunis, Tunisia.
According to the coach of Benue state volleyball association, Anthony Torbundeh told www.aclsports.com that Paul was down with stomach illness before bowing out on Wednesday at Trinity hospital in Markudi.
Torbundeh described Late Paul Anshungu as a calm and gentle boy adding that he was ready to learn.
The Benue Queens coach said, “We lost Paul Anshungu to the hands of death at the Trinity hospital in Makurdi. He was battling with stomach sickness for over two weeks. We heard he had a successful surgery before then but the stomach sickness came back.
“Paul Anshungu was a very calm player on and off the court, jovial, strong willed and ready to learn. He was loved by the sports family in Benue state and Nigeria due to his humility; do not forget his father, Terfa Anshungu was a great handball player during his playing days for Nigeria”.
The President of Nigeria Volleyball Federation, Engineer Musa Nimrod said the death of Paul Anshungu is a huge loss to the volleyball family.
Nimrod said the late player was dedicated and showed zeal to reach the peak of his career when the team camped for the 2019 U19 World Volleyball Championship in Tunisia.
The NVBF boss said, “Paul Anshungu was a shining star and a prospective elite player. During the first phase of the 2019 Nigeria Volleyball Premier League in Asaba, he produced outstanding performances and proved to be a worthy threat against top clubs. I am sure these were the qualities the technical department of the NVBF saw and gave him an invite for the 2019 U19 World Volleyball Championship in Tunis, Tunisia.
“Paul Anshungu will be greatly missed by Famous Spikers VC, the people of Benue state and the volleyball circle”, he added.
Late Paul Anshungu is the son of ex handball international, Terfa Anshungu