Minister of Youth and Sports development Mr. Sunday Dare has expressed deep shock over the demise of three notable people in the football circle Toluope Abelola, head of ICT of the Nigerian Football Federation, Former Producer with Minaj Broadcasting Services Hycinth Umeh and Former Flying Eagles goalkeeper John Felaghan within a space of few days.
“The death of Mr. Tolulope is quite sad and shocking . The highlight of his career was in 2018 when he worked tirelessly in ensuring that the Fan ID for all Nigeria contingents to the 2018 Russia world cup were captured.
” I was informed that he did a good job. It is so unfortunate that he died when his services was most needed.
“May his soul rest in peace, I pray the family have the fortitude to bear this huge loss.
“My sincere condolences to the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria Abuja chapter (SWAN) over the loss of one of their members Hycinth Umeh who until his death had contributed immensely to sports through his reportage as a broadcaster and producer.
“I also use this medium to condole with the SWAN FCT Chapter over the death of one of their members Hycient Umeh. May God Almighty comfort his family and may his soul rest in peace.
“Finally to the former U-20 goalkeeper John Felagha who just passed on, my condolences to his family and may his soul rest in peace.
“This is a time for sober reflection, it is a period the sport fraternity should pray for the souls of the living so we can all fulfil destiny.
The Minister said his prayers and thoughts are with the families of the deceased.