Kano Pillars veteran defender Chinedu Udoji has passed away on the night of Sunday, February 18, 2018, the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club announced on Monday morning.
It is a big shock to all football lovers in the country as the former Enyimba FC player was involved in an NPFL game against his former side, which ended 1-1, on just the same day.
Pillars shared the information via their Twitter that Udoji visited his former teammates in their hotel and was involved in a car accident on Club Road in Kano on his way back after the visit.
Chinedu Udoji was involved in a car accident yesterday after visiting his former team mates at Enyimba. This tragic accident happened along Club Road in Kano. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, fans, and football lovers all across the country.
— Kano Pillars FC (@pillarsfc) February 19, 2018
Udoji, 28, spent seven years with the People’s Elephant, where he won two league titles, two Federation Cup titles and captained the team to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League in 2011. He began his footballing career with FC Abuja at the age of 12.
He is survived by a wife and two kids.
Other NPFL clubs have sent in their condolences to the family of the player on social media.
We are very sad to hear about the death of veteran defender and leader Chinedu Udoji.
Our heartfelt condolences to his family and @PillarsFC.
It is a big loss for Nigerian football.#RIPUdoji
— Kwara United F.C. (@KwaraUnitedFC) February 19, 2018
— Kogi United FC (@KogiUnitedFC) February 19, 2018