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Samuel Okwaraji biography

Samuel Okwaraji (19 May 1964 –12 August 1989) was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria.

Background information

Full Name: Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji

Born: 19 May 1964

Birth place: Orlu, Nigeria

Nationality: Nigerian

Famous as: Player, Lawyer

Date of death: 12 August 1989 (aged 25)

Death place: Lagos, Nigeria

Playing position: Midfielder

Religion: Christian

Youth career: 1984–1985 AS Roma

Senior career

Years           Team               Apps      (Gls)

1985–1986 Dinamo Zagreb 1          (0)

1986–1987 Austria Klagenfurt  ?     (?)

1987–1989 VfB Stuttgart 0                (0)

1987–1988→ SSV Ulm (loan) 28       (5)

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National team

1988–1989 Nigeria 8 (1)

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Early childhood and professional career

Samuel Okwaraji was born on 19 May 1964 in Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria.

Samuel Okwaraji had a career in Europe which included playing for AS Roma (1984-1985), NK Dinamo Zagreb (1985-1986), Austria Klagenfurt (1986-1987), VfB Stuttgart (1987-1989) and SSV Ulm 1846 (loan) (1987-1988)

while finishing his education in law. In his short stay with Dinamo Zagreb, Samuel scored 3 goals in a friendly game vs NK Budućnost Hodošan.

The game was played on 30 April 1986, and Dinamo Zagreb won 12-0. Samuel’s only official game for Dinamo in the Yugoslav First League was as a substitute on 18 May 1986 against FK Priština.

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The game was played at Maksimir stadium in Zagreb, the 29th round of 1985/86 season. Dinamo Zagreb won 4:3.

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International career

Samuel Okwaraji made the Green Eagles squad in 1988 and at that year’s African Nations Cup he scored one of the fastest goals in the history of the championship against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

Samuel Okwaraji played along until the final match, where the Eagles lost to their perennial rivals Cameroon by a lone goal.

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Last game and death

Samuel Okwaraji collapsed ten minutes from the end of a 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola in Lagos.

Samuel Okwaraji died from possible complications of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as an autopsy showed that the 25-year-old had an enlarged heart and high blood pressure.Samuel Okwaraji 11

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The 99 – 1 India vs Nigeria Myth

If you grew up in Nigeria between 1970 up to now you probably heard a version of the 99 – 1 India vs Nigeria World Cup game that led to the Asian nation being banned from playing football by FIFA.

But the story of the match is just a fallacies and in fact Nigeria and India have never met in any world cup been play in history.

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May 19, 2019, on what would have been his 55th birthday, he was honored with a Google Doodle.


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