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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2021 1:28 pm 
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Anobi Yisa is in trouble health wise, I hope he pulls through and if anyone knows of a fund being organised, please message me privately.

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WIFE of hospitalized ex-international Yisa Sofoluwe has called on football stakeholders in the country to come to the assistance of her husband who is lying unconscious at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

The former Super Eagles defender was diagnosed for mild cerebral atrophy and has been on life support since Thursday.

Speaking through Waidi Akanni, former Lagos State Football Association chairman, Waidi Akanni, she called on the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Lagos State government, football stakeholders and well meaning Nigerians to support her ailing husband at this time of his need.

While lauding Seyi Akinwunmi, the NFF first vice-president, for his support towards moving Sofoluwe from Prince and Life Medical Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos, to LUTH, she informed that they need the financial support of all.

“I would like to thank Barrister Akinwunmi for responding quickly to our call when we had to move him from Ikorodu to LUTH; however Sofoluwe’s case is very critical now. He needs the financial assistance of well meaning Nigerians. He has been on oxygen for many days.”

Sofoluwe had 40 caps and scored one goal for Nigeria and was a member of the Eagles squads which reached the final of the 1984 and 1988 AFCON tournaments.

Nicknamed ‘Minister of Defence’ by late sport commentator Ernest Okonkwo, Sofoluwe played regularly for the Nigeria senior team, Super Eagles as a left back between 1983 and 1988.


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They should be careful of Waidi Akanni.

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 Post subject: Dean of Defence Gone?
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Unconfirmed news from Nigeria is that former SE left-back, Yisa Shofoluwe, has passed away.

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Unconfirmed news from Nigeria is that former SE left-back, Yisa Shofoluwe, has passed away.


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RIP dean. One of Nigeria’s finest of bid generation. Condolence to his family.


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May the Lord comfort and strengthen his family.

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RIP to the best left back Nigeria has every produced. Very sad


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May his soul rest in peace.

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RIP Yisa..

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Rest in perfect peace, Dean. And thanks for the good times.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 4:07 pm 
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Thanks to whoever changed the title of the thread.

Indeed the finest footballer Nigeria has ever produced has gone way before his time.

You could fire the ball at him at any speed or height and he would control it immediately somehow.

Every single pass went to the right person or space.

He could play any position on the pitch and used both feet effectively.

While everyone was running around helter skelter on the pitch, Otobo was doing his own thing at his own slow deliberate pace.

No tight space was too small for Anobi to come out of with the ball merrily skipping away.

I met him once, away from a football setting, at the height of his footballing career and his humility was incredible.

What a huge loss.

Adieu legend, with you just behind Alhaji and Blockbuster, no bagger can come through the middle of that Super Eagles team in the Sky.


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Yisa Sofoluwe Dies of Cerebral Atrophy at LUTH
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Former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe, died on Tuesday night at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). He was aged 53 years.

Sofoluwe nicknamed ‘Dean of Defence’ by the late Radio Nigeria Commentator, Ernest Okonkwo, died from the cerebral atrophy ailment that took him to the ICU of LUTH. He was waiting for surgery before he joined his ancestor last night.

A former colleague of Sofoluwe in the senior national team, Waidi Akanni who has been in the forefront rallying support for the ailing footballer, confirmed the death of the former Abiola Babes FC defender last night.

“We lost him. Yisa Sofoluwe could not wait for help to come for his surgery before he died on Tuesday evening,” observed the distraught Akanni on telephone last night.

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.

Just 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 Minister was similarly reported to have sent money through

another ex international to support the medical bill of the ace defender.

The news of Sofoluwe’s ailment was first broken on FUBS WhatsApp platform.

One of the administrators of the platform had rallied the initial support that made it possible to move the former footballer to LUTH.

Sofoluwe won 40 caps for the Super Eagles and scored one goal.

He held sway in the right back position between 1983 and 1988, playing at the 1984 and 1988 Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco respectively.

Sofoluwe also played for defunct Abiola Babes of Abeokuta , IICC of Ibadan and Gateway Football Club of Abeokuta.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 10, 2021 11:25 pm 
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Aswani wrote:
Thanks to whoever changed the title of the thread.

Indeed the finest footballer Nigeria has ever produced has gone way before his time.

You could fire the ball at him at any speed or height and he would control it immediately somehow.

Every single pass went to the right person or space.

He could play any position on the pitch and used both feet effectively.

While everyone was running around helter skelter on the pitch, Otobo was doing his own thing at his own slow deliberate pace.

No tight space was too small for Anobi to come out of with the ball merrily skipping away.

I met him once, away from a football setting, at the height of his footballing career and his humility was incredible.

What a huge loss.

Adieu legend, with you just behind Alhaji and Blockbuster, no bagger can come through the middle of that Super Eagles team in the Sky.

Yisa was one of the best ever players to don the GWG of Nigeria yet he doesn't seem to get the recognition his talents deserve.
One of the best compliments paid to him was by John Fashanu, when he was invited to play for the SE in 1985 against Tunisia in a crucial WCQ. After training with Shofoluwe, he said that Yisa was a better player than Kenny Sansom of Arsenal and England. Fashanu was playing in the old English first division ( now EPL) and had played against Sansom, and was therefore in a position to compare both players.
He was unhurried in his play, read the game to perfection, had no need for last ditch tackles and played both RB and LB for the SE. He came before his time and if he was playing today, he would be playing for some of the biggest teams in Europe..
Nigeria has produced some great LBs like Okey Isima Benedict Iroha, Celestine Babayaro, Ifeanyi Udeze, Taiye Taiwo etc but Anobi Yisa Shofoluwe, IMO is the best LB Nigeria has ever produced.
May his soul Rest in Peace.

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Yisa Sofolowe was indeed one of the best players to ever play for Nigeria. He was able to star at both the right and left back positions and played the length of both sides of the field. History has underrated this player and those who were able to watch him play both at the youth and senior levels will still recognize his quality. His service is INDEED very notable.

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They should be careful of Waidi Akanni.

But why?

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May his soul rest in peace


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Dammy wrote:
They should be careful of Waidi Akanni.

But why?

Do you remember an old thread where he diverted about N250,000 meant for grassroots competitions in Lagos and was pleading for a soft landing? That's how he was removed as Lagos FA boss. He antecedents doesn't make him the right person to be in charge of funds raised for Shofoluwe's treatment.

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May his soul rest well. And thank you for the great service.

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Yisa Sofolowe was indeed one of the best players to ever play for Nigeria. He was able to star at both the right and left back positions and played the length of both sides of the field. History has underrated this player and those who were able to watch him play both at the youth and senior levels will still recognize his quality. His service is INDEED very notable.


True, indeed!

His ability to read the game and dispossess people without fouling was a beauty. Don't forget his passing ability.

Loved his calmness and assured play.


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