Former Nigerian national team midfielder John Ene Okon has passed on. The player who featured for Nigeria at the 1987 Fifa U-20 World Cup as well as the 1992 African Cup of Nations was reported to have died in Calabar on Tuesday March 15.
He was the coach of Calabar Rovers until his death.
Corpse of the late player.
There had been torrents of tributes pouring-in for the humble late player with team mate Etim Esin posting a message on his facebook page saying it was indeed a sad news. Emeka Ezeogu referred to the late player as a great midfielder: “Rest in Peace, soldier. May God rest his soul. Great midfielder. 1992 Nations’ Cup, Senegal. We’re gonna miss you, son. So long, soldier,” he wrote.
The current Enugu rangers coach Imama Amapakabo was full of words for the late player, saying he has lost a good friend. He said: “Good friends we’ve had good friends we’ve lost, good times we’ve had good times we’ve shared together along d way, in this great I can’t forget the past. “My tears run endless ever since the news broke to me early hours of this morning. We shared so many times and moments together, pained and heart-broken I am, but what is the answer to the question I ask and want to ask ‘why you,why now’? Who do I question man or the good lord? “Pained as I am all glory to God for the times we shared together.