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FIFA President, Infantino, condoles with NFF over Kofarmata’s death

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino has sent a message of condolence to the President of Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Musa Gusau, over the death on Monday, 31st October 2022 of former Nigeria international forward Bello Kofarmata.

The FIFA boss, in his letter dated 4th November, wrote: “I would like to express my sincerest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of former international player, Bello Musa Kofarmata. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for this loss. During his career, Bello was capped once with the Super Eagles, while he participated, at youth level, in the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup.

“At club level, having started his career at Kano Buffalo, he will be remembered for his successful career with Kano Pillars FC in two different spells. He played also for Heartland FC, Ifeanyi Ubah FC and El-Kanemi Warriors FC. Considered as one of the great strikers of his generation, his legacy and achievements, and in particular his personality, his loyalty and his human qualities will not be forgotten and he will be truly missed.

“On behalf of the international football community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Nigeria Football Federation, and to Bello’s family, friends and loved ones.”       

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 Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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