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Yet another star has fallen as former Shooting Star and Cup Winners’ hero, Philip Boamah dies



Philip Boamah as Shooting Stars' coach in the 1990s

Yet another member of the historic IICC Shooting Stars squad of 1976, Philip Boamah has died. The former speedy right winger whose goal in the first leg of the final match of the African Winners Cup against Cameroon’s Tonnrre contributed to IICC winning the first continental trophy for Nigeria.


He died on Thursday at the  University College Hospital, Ibadan. With his death, more than half of the IICC squad of 1976 have passed on. The entire defence line comprising Best Ogedegbe, Joe Appiah,  Sam Ojebode, Muda Lawal and Folorunsho Gambari have all gone into eternity.


Gone in the forward line are Kunle Awesu and Moses Otolorin.


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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