Former Super Eagles defender Yisa Sofoluwe is dead, he was aged 53.
Sofoluwe, popularly known as Minister of Defense died at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on Tuesday night.
Prior to his death, he was diagnosed of cerebral atrophy ailment. He was waiting for a surgery to be done on him before he gave up.
This Day reports that “Sofoluwe had been diagnosed for mild cerebral atrophy at the Prince and Life Medical Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos. But was moved to LUTH on Friday, last week after his medical condition became worse”.
On Tuesday afternoon, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, initiated moves to rescue Sofoluwe by getting in touch with a sitting state Governor to pick the bill for his surgery the source further disclosed.
It was also reported that the Minister also sent money through another ex-international to support the medical bill of the defender.
Sports Intelligence Magazine got the news of the death of Sofuluwe on the Nigeria Sports Centre Whatsapp platform. It was dropped by Mr. Princewill at about 11 pm on Tuesday night.
Sofoluwe won 40 caps for the Super Eagles and scored one goal. He actively took part in the right back position between 1983 and 1988, and also played at the 1984 and 1988 Africa Cup of nations.
In an interview with Sports Intelligence Magazine in 2012, Yisa Sofoluwe had boasted of being a defender who never received a yellow or red card throughout his playing career.
He was calm, easy-going and focused. He also served as assistant coach to the Golden Eaglet, and played with the defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, IICC of Ibadan and Gateway Football Club of Abeokuta.
According to reports, the remains of the late defender will be buried at the Atan Cemetry by 4pm on Wednesday.