CAF would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of former Nigeria midfielder Ifeanyi Chiejine and ex-Ghana forward Manuel ‘Junior’ Agogo who have both passed away.
Chiejine, a legend of women’s football in Nigeria passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness, whilst Agogo died on Thursday in London after a long illness.
Chiejine, 36, was one of the pioneers of the women’s game in Nigeria, playing for Super Falcons between 1998 and 2008.
At the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999, she was the youngest player at 16 years and 34 days old, to date a record.
She will go on to make two other appearances at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2003 (USA) and 2007 (China) and also two Olympic Games, 2000 (Sydney) and 2008 (Beijing).
The midfielder enjoyed over 60 caps with the Super Falcons during her checkered career that saw her play for clubs in USA, Finland, Russia and until recently Kazakhstan.
On the other hand, 40-year old Agogo was the poster boy of the Ghana team during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations hosted in the West African country. His late winner in the 2-1 win against rivals Nigeria made him a favourite of the fans as the Black Stars won bronze on home soil.
His exploits after the tournament landed a deal with Egyptian giants Zamalek, where he remains a cult figure among the fans.
He spent the greater part of his career in England with spells notably at Sheffield Wednesday, Oldham Athletic, Chesterfield, Lincoln City, Queens Park Rangers, Nottingham Forest among others.
‘Junior’ as he was fondly called also had spells in the United States of America donning the colours of Colorado Rapids, Chicago Fire and San Jose earthquakes as well as stints with Cyprus and Scotland.