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Nigeria’s Sports Ministry Grieves over Lizzy Onyenwenwa



Condolences continue to pour in on the passage of Lizzy Onyenwenwa, a former staff of Women’s Football department of the Nigeria Football Federation. Onyenwenwa, whose last duty post was the Ministry of Youth and Sports, is also being mourned by her last employers.

The ministry has expressed sadness at the shocking news of the death of one of its management staff who died on Thursday at the National Hospital, Abuja after a protracted illness.

In a statement, the minister, Solomon Dalung said the entire ministry where she last served as Deputy Director Planning, Monitoring and Information (PMI) will miss her sorely.

“On behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the immediate family, especially the children, on the sad demise of Mrs Lizzy Onyenwenwa.

“This is shocking and unexpected. She was a very diligent staff who had sacrificed a lot for sports especially in women’s football.


“She was among the very first administrators of women’s football from where she came to join the department of Planning, Monitoring and Information of the Ministry.

“She was down with heart related problems but little did we know that we won’t be seeing her again. We pray that God will grant her soul eternal rest and give the family she left behind the strength to bear this loss”, Dalung stated.

Lizzy Onyenwenwa, whose husband, Alex, was a former secretary of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, is survived by two children. She lost the husband some few years back. Burial arrangements will be announced later by her family.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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