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Former international and administrator, Ekeji mourns Ismaila Mabo



Former international and administrator, Ekeji mourns Ismaila Mabo

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Ismaila Mabo

Former Director General of the National Sports Commission, Dr. Patrick Ekeji has expressed sadness over the death of Ismaila Mabo, a former Nigerian international and coach of the women’s national team, the Super Falcons.

Ismaila Mabo passed on on Monday night after a brief illness. Ekeji, also a retired Nigerian international player before venturing into a wide spectrum of activities in the sports industry described Mabo as a delight to watch as a footballer.


Mabo captained the Mighty Jets at the zenith of the club’s glorious era, leading it to the Nigerian Challenge Cup finals of 1972 and 1974.


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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