Monday, 17 October 2016

SAD: Shooting Stars defender Izu Joseph shot dead by Nigerian JTF soldiers in Bayelsa

Izu Joseph who plays as a defender for NPFL club, Shooting Stars (3SC) of Ibadan has been shot dead by soldiers in his hometown Okaki in oil-rich Bayelsa State on Sunday.

The player’s father confirmed the death of the player at the hands
of Joint Task Force (JTF), who are locked in a long-drawn face-off with militants in the restive Niger Delta.

The powerful and energetic central defender, who was a great man marker and good aerially, joined Shooting Stars three years from Bayelsa United when the Ibadan club were still in the second-tier Nigeria National League (NNL). He contributed  immensely to the escape of ‘The Oluyole Warriors’ from relegation in the just concluded Nigeria Professional Football League. 

The Oyo State Sports Writers Association (SWAN) described the tragic passing away of the star defender as a great loss, while urging the various governments to improve security.

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