Sports minister donates N50,000, food items to Okwaraji’s mother

Sports minister Sunday Dare has donated N50,000, as well as food items and beverages to Mrs Janet Okwaraji, mother of fallen Super Eagles star Samuel Okwaraji.

Okwaraji, born on May 19, 1964,  slumped and died on August 12, 1989 during  a 1990 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Angola at the National Stadium , Lagos.

Dare, who was represented by  Bamidele Ajayi, made the cash donation  at the home of the late  Eagles star in Abakpa-Nike in Enugu State.

The other items donated include  food items and beverages .

“I’ve always been drawn to greatness and I admire people who lived their lives to elevate the status of their communities and nations. Okwaraji was not just a footballer, he was an icon and great patriot,” Dare said.

“ He was a great  professional who redefined football in Nigeria with  many young talents benefiting from  his ingenuity and sacrifices by  re-writing   our  country’s name in gold in  world football.”

Responding on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the Okwarajis, Mr. Patrick Okwaraji, thanked the minister for the kind gesture.

Patrick said, “Sam died 30 years ago, everybody would appreciate  if they feel he is worthy to be remembered and  appreciated for the little contributions he made even when he died in his prime.

“I thank the minister  for deeming it  worthy to do this. It’s  very encouraging because this is the first and only minister to support the family. We are indeed very grateful. I honestly  don’t know what to say other than to say the family  appreciates this show of commitment to us, which is long overdue.”

Dare also recently donated cash and food items to the mother of another fallen Eagles star, Rashidi Yekini, in Kwara State.