Search engine giants, Google, on Sunday honoured Nigeria’s late football hero, Samuel Okwaraji who died on the field, playing for the Super Eagles in 1989.

Sunday marked his 55th birthday, which was posthumously marked by Google Doodle. The Google Doodle is used on the search engine home page for different seasons or special days such as birthdays of famous people. 

Celebrating Okwaraji’s goal against Cameroon at 1988 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco

Google Doodles are very clever, and people look forward to them. Okwaraji would have been 55 on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Okwaraji on the turf, dead on the pitch

Among the Nigerians who remembered the footballer is Yusuph Olaniyonu, spokesperson to Senate President Bukola Saraki. Mr Olaniyonu took to his official Tweeter handle @Yusupholaniyonu, to celebrate the football legend.

He said: “I join numerous Nigerians and lovers of sports across the world while on a true hero of Nigerian sports who died some 30 years ago. May his gentle soul continue to rest in peace. #GoogleDoodle.

The Nigerian government in a post on its Tweeter handle,  @FGNingeria, said.

“Today, we celebrate one of our past Heroes ~ Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989), a Lawyer turned Footballer. He served his father’s Land with all might. May the Labor of our Heroes never be to celebrate.

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