FLASHBACK: ANOTHER PLAYER DIES ON OKWARAJI’S MEMORIAL

BY KUNLE SOLAJA

On this date, 12 August 2006, the 17thanniversary of the tragic death of Samuel Okwaraji at the National Stadium, Lagos, a similar tragedy struck in a local derby in Jos.

The match involved the Plateau United and Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) FC at the Nasarawa Stadium, Keffi. 

Boniface Danjuma, a left sided defender of Plateau United collapsed and died during the Nigeria Professional Football League match.

The 20-year old player was confirmed dead 13 minutes into the second half of the match. 

The dead player had been a Flying Eagles’ invitee before the sad incident. Information then had it that Danjuma had a bout of malaria and had complained of being unwell but was persuaded to play the ill-fated match.