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Photo gallery as the late Nigeria’s oldest international footballer, Titus Okere goes home




Titus Okere, the last of the 18 players that pioneered the Nigeria national football team in 1949 has now been buried at the Bluebell Hill Crematorium in Kent, United Kingdom.

He died earlier this month in Kent, United Kingdom where he had lived since leaving Nigeria in February 1953. He was possibly unknown to most Nigerian football administrators, hence their silence over him, the last link to the first Nigeria national football team.

Later next month, it will be 74 years since the first Nigerian national team ventured abroad. Those set of 18 players who were tagged ‘the 1949 UK Tourists’ are the ancestors of the present day Super Eagles.

Courtesy of the Titus Okere family, the Sports Village Square presents in photographs, the life and time of the last of the firsts, Titus Okere.





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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