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THE UNTOLD STORY OF SAM OKWARAJI,MORE THAN HE SLUMPED AND NEVER GOT UP




THE UNTOLD STORY OF SAM,MORE THAN HE SLUMPED AND NEVER GOT UP
     

Fatherless at age 5, mother still saved up to send him to Italy to study because of his exceptional brilliance.

By 23, he had both BSc and MSc in Law, and at 25, he was going for his Doctorate in law...Something happened!

Outside his love for education, he loved football and decided to play professionally.

He started his career in Ukraine at age 21 before going on to play for 3 other clubs.

In 1988, he was called to play for the Nigerian National Team...

That's where the problem started. 

His Club was not in support of him travelling to play Nigeria, and he had this to say...



I am a lawyer, you know, and you signed me to play football for certain conditions, but i don't think it included reselling my service to my country. You or your club can not stop me from 
playing for my country. Let me tell you, I am going to represent my country whether you like it or not."

He continued representing Nigeria against the wishes of his club.

He flew himself to and fro matches for Nigeria and refused match bonuses because he felt it was an honour. His Club still didn't like it, but he still persisted.

On the 12th of August 1989...
"Nigeria vs Angola" in Lagos... It happened!

On the 77th minute, "He Slumped And Never Got Up," and by the time he got to the hospital, he was dead!

Autopsy showed he had a heart defect. 

Now The Problem Proper...

In Europe ,he had life insurance of over "4 BILLION DOLLARS," but there was a stipulation. He has to die in Europe to get the insurance.

His family lost that money because he died playing for Nigeria in Lagos, and what did Nigeria do for his family. 

• 10,000 NAIRA Health Insurance.

• Abandoned National Stadium was named after him.

• The then Imo State Governor named a stadium after him. The stadium is an eye sore.

• The National Assembly in 2017 promised to take care of his family,but to date....Nothing!


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