Former Green Eagles player Sunday Oyarekhua is dead. The news of his demise which happened last night reached Sports Intelligence Magazine today through the Edo State Sports Commission Chairman, Godwin Dudu Orumen Esq.
“He was very sick but nobody came to his aid despite my efforts to reach persons in authority” Orumen said while breaking the news.
“The exact cause of his death is yet to be known, but family members confirmed he was ill prior to his death which came last night”.
Oyarekhua was a career policeman and a prominent member of the Green Eagles from 1971-1975. He was Nigeria’s top scorer at the 1973 All-Africa Games where the Green Eagles won the gold medal for the football event on home soil.
Oyarekhua was discovered by the national team’s coaches while playing for the Police F.C. of Lagos. He also played for Benin Amateur Football Association (BAFA) and Midwest X1.
Notable among the matches he played for Midwest X1 was a game against Santos FC with Pele, Edu, Maria and Gilmar at the Ogbe Stadium in 1969.
He recently retired as an Assistant Commissioner of Police in Osun State.