All is now set for the final burial of the late Super Eagles star Okey Isima, who died early last month after a brief illness. until his demise, okey Isima was a member of the victorious Super Eagles that won the prestigious African cup of Nations in 1980, first time in the history of Nigeria football.
In order to give Late Isima a befitting burial, former Super Eagles midfielder, Arthur Ebunam, now Special Adviser on sports to Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state, disclosed that ex-Eagles players based in the United States are making serious plans to pay their last respect to their team mate, friend and colleague, adding that some of them will be at home for the burial.
According to him: “It is very painful that Nigeria is losing yet another ex-footballer, Okey Isima, a man that has done this country proud both on the local and International scene. Okey is somebody I know very well, we started life together as players, played for different clubs in Nigeria including the senior national team the the Green Eagles ever before traveling to the States.
Right there in the US, we never left each other, until he decided to return home. So when the news of his death came to me, I could not believe my ears. I was in shock for days. He is somebody that cannot be forgotten so soon by friends, brothers and colleagues. But as people would say, life goes on brother.
And the world is a. stage, once you complete your own circle, you give way to others. I think Okey has lived a fulfilled life and the entire country will keep remembering him for his contributions to the development of football in Nigeria and Africa.” he said soberly
The former US –based sports consultant said the family of the late player has fixed April 27, 2013 for his burial at his country home in Nsugbe, Anambra state.
“As a friend , I can reliably tell you that the family of Isima, has decided on April 27 as the date for the burial. His younger brother told me this in confidence before he left for his base in South Africa. He said they decided to pick April 27 so that they can have enough time to prepare for it, adding that the family, friends and well wishers made up their minds to give the former football star a good burial as the last respect they can give to their fiend and colleague. He said that they have also written the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) notifying them of the burial date and plan”, the Special Adviser said.
Mr. Ebunam, who is also the spokesman of the USA based Ex- Internationals, said the American-based Ex- Eagles stars are making serious arrangement to support the family financially, stressing that the team is led by Ike Ofoje.
“Some of our colleagues based in the States are making serious plans for the event,, they are fully ready to give the family financial support, and it is most likely that a delegation led by Ike Ofoje, will be around for the ceremony. Anambra state Sports ministry will also send a delegation, and the Eastern – based All Stars led by our Chairman, Christian Chukwu will also play a major role.”