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Ex-Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe dies at 53

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Former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe has passed away on Tuesday night at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).

At the time of his death, he was 53 years of age.

The Punch had reported the former left-back was initially diagnosed of mild cerebral atrophy at the Prince and Life Medical Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos, but was moved to LUTH last Friday after his medical condition worsened.

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 his death.

“We lost a gem again in the legendary Yisa Otobo Shofoluwe minister of defence rest in peace,” former star player of Stationery Stores and friend to Sofoluwe, Taiwo Oloyede said Tuesday night

Late Shofoluwe played 40 matches and scored one goal for Nigeria.

He was a member of Nigerian the Seoul ‘84 Olympics and also featured at 84 and 88 AFCON.

Shofoluwe starred for Abiola Babes of Abeokuta, played professional football in Belgium and was an assistant coach for the Golden Eaglets under Alphonsus Dike.

He was also an assistant coach at Gateway Football Club of Abeokuta

Sofoluwe’s death comes a few days after that of another former Nigeria International Joe Erico.

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