Faruk Haladu, Kano Pillars Football Club’s Technical Committee Chairman, on Monday in Kano described the late Chinedu Udoji as an asset and a dedicated player.

Udoji, a central defender, died in a ghastly motor accident Sunday night, some hours after playing in the club’s home 1-1 draw with visiting Enyimba International FC of Aba.

“His death was shocking and a great loss to the football family,’’ Haladu said in a statement signed by the club’s Media Officer, Rilwanu Malikawa.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Udoji lost his life along Independence road in the Bompai area of Kano.

According to reports, he was heading to his Badawa quarters residence after he visited the hotel where members of Enyimba International FC had lodged for the Match Day 9 fixture.

Udoji spent many years with Enyimba, where he won several honours with them before joining Pillars two years ago.
He was said to be riding alone in his car with registration number KSF 499 BF when the accident happened.

The corpse of the late Udoji has been deposited at the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital in Kano and the incident reported to the Bompai Police Division.

Haladu said the Kano Pillars’ management, technical crew, players, fans and the entire football family in Kano were in shock Monday morning following the player’s death.

He said the club officials were processing all necessary documentation before taking Udoji’s corpse to his family for burial.

“Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, fans, and football lovers all across the country,” Kano Pillars also said in a tweet about the incident.

Born in 1989, the centre-back joined Kano Pillars ahead of the 2016/2017 season after spending seven years with Enyimba following his arrival from FC Abuja.

He is survived by his wife and kids.

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