NFF console Adefemi's family

NFF console Olubayo Adefemi's family

Posted: 19 April 2011 Time: 09:27 pm

The Nigeria Football Federation has sent a letter of condolence to the family of Nigerian international defender, Olubayo Adefemi, who was killed in a car crash in Greece on Monday. 

In a letter signed by 1st Vice President of the Federation, Chief Mike Umeh, the NFF mourned the passing of one of the aces in the re-building process embarked upon by   Super Eagles coach Samson Siasia prayed that Almighty God would grant the player eternal rest and also grant the family and his other loved ones the fortitude to bear the big loss.   "Olubayo was such a gentle, disciplined, dedicated and thoroughly committed Member of the Nigeria senior team, Super Eagles, and was a key element in the re-building plans of the new coach Samson Siasia.   "We mourn deeply about this sudden demise of one of the gems of Nigerian football, who had represented our dear country at both U-20 and U-23 levels, winning laurels all the way, and there is no gainsaying that as a wonderful football player and person, Olubayo was an embodiment of humility and discipline, as severally attested to by his Coaches at club and national levels.   "Our prayer is that the Almighty God will grant him eternal rest in His bosom, and also grant those he has left behind, as well as the Nigeria football fraternity, the fortitude to bear this huge loss", read the letter.   The NFF has also written to the Confederation of African Football, praying that a minute's silence be observed for the departed player in Thursday's African Youth Championship clash between Nigeria and Cameroon in Johannesburg. Olubayo Adefemi was a key member of the last Nigeria U-20 squad to win the African Youth Championship – in Benin Republic in 2005.   Meanwhile, Adefemi's manager, Miguel Riera told the NFF on Tuesday that he is still busy working on the papers that would enable hospital authorities to release the corpse of the player to him and also for the Greek authorities to allow the remains to be transported to Nigeria for burial.   "I am busy working on the papers but it could take a couple of days. I will keep you posted on everything that I am doing," Miguel said on Tuesday. 

Article by: Colin Udoh

Previous comments on this story...

blessedone
posted: 09:46 pm
My humble sympathy to his family and to Nigerians, it was very painful looking at his face. Very shocking news to all Nigerian sports lover,Brother we love u but God love u most. May ur gently soul rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ Amen.
Anonymous
posted: 10:00 pm
What a shock. very disheartening. please NFF, pick up the expenses for the burial arrangement. This boy has served us.
Mr.Error
posted: 10:45 pm
A huge loss for his family, a huge loss for the Super Eagles and Nigerians. May God console his family. RIP
sml_wale
posted: 02:01 am
Indeed its a time to bow our head in unison in honour of the departed. May his soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. Oh! I felt for his fiance poor girl, i hope she can endure the pain. As for nff, it goes beyond sending a brochure of letters to his family, they should do sometim meaningful like organising a befitting burial that suits a national hero.
ola24
posted: 07:35 am
sleep well femi
Anonymous
posted: 08:33 am
I ALSO CONSOLE THE FAMILY OF THE PLAYER AND HIS TEAMATE BOTH IN CLUB AND COUNTRY MY CONSOLE TO THE SUPER EAGLE COACH
Mega
posted: 10:19 am
so this really happened? OMG!!!!!!! speechless
Olawale1963
posted: 11:32 am
I thought you were supposed to be one of our premier journalists and setting a standard. I like a lot of what you have to say but am tired of the shoddy use of english. Using the term corpse is technically correct but shows a huge lack of respect and sympathy. Why do you think the UK press would use the term 'remains' or refer to 'the body'? to say corpse is cold, insensitive and stops just short of cadaver. You did the same with Uche Okafor and can do better
Olawale1963
posted: 11:33 am
I thought you were supposed to be one of our premier journalists and setting a standard. I like a lot of what you have to say but am tired of the shoddy use of english. Using the term corpse is technically correct but shows a huge lack of respect and sympathy. Why do you think the UK press would use the term 'remains' or refer to 'the body'? to say corpse is cold, insensitive and stops just short of cadaver. You did the same with Uche Okafor and can do better
Anonymous
posted: 11:33 am
"My prayer is dat d Almighty God will grant him eternal rest in his bosom,and also grant his family &those he has left behind the fortitude to bear this huge loss AMEN.
Anonymous
posted: 04:11 pm
Adieu Adefemi Olubayo. Amodu would have used you as a sub with Chidi Odia but Siasia talked you out of it. May your soul rest in perfect peace.
Anonymous
posted: 12:48 am
Rest In Peace Olubayo Adefemi ( Aka Burning Bush/ Barbwire) I am still in total shock brother that you are actually not here with us anymore. I was looking for your Propose Move to Burnley and Tottenham Hotspurs a deal that is 99.9% Done. I remember all the treats and trip to white hart lane home of Spurs when you came around and made your Debut against Ireland in 2009. Picking you up from City Airport and Straight to Naija Joint where you had Amala and Gbegiri. From There to Tottenham Ground where we have the priviledge to view the dressing room and the ground taking you pictures. You sat where ledley King Jersey was and your Comment was King the Prince is here now am coming to dethrone you. Ha Bayolala that dream was turning to reality until the cold hand of death snatch you away. Until friday i was still pinging you and leaving messages on your yahoo messenger and facebook inbox just like i use to until you get back to me. But brother it seem am not gonna get a reply anymore from you. Our last conversation on friday still Lingers on in my memory Bruv..All plans for the wedding, you buying my ticket down ETC.. I dont just understand it at all, that faithful morning i woke up very restless in my mind and i got to work still restless. I just wrote on my facebook page that God Reverse The Irreversible, Do what only you can do and not a Man.. But my prayer was too late cause the cold hands of death as snatch you away. when i got the news from Colin udoh on my FB wall and said to be confirmed. I rang your phone straight away. Bayo even when you are sleeping your phone is never Switch Off but it was Off. Had to call Ayo Makinwa to confirm and there i got The news. My Friend I love You but God Love You More. Rest In Eternal Glory.. Crying crying crying. Siloko Melenge
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