John Felagha, a former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles goalkeeper, has died.
Felagha, a staff of Aspire Academy, died in Saly, Senegal on Sunday, according to the Nigeria Football Federation on its Twitter page on Monday.
The 26-year-old was the Eaglets’ second choice keeper as they reached the final of the U-17 World Cup on home soil in 2009.
He was also part of the U-20 team to the U-20 AFCON and World Cup thereafter. He played professionally for Belgian side KAS Eupen, but his career ended abruptly due to injury.
NFF tweeted, “Former National U-17 and U-20 goalkeeper, John Felagha, has died.
“Felagha died on Sunday in Senegal. He was aged 26. The federation expressed its condolences with the family of the late player. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
The Director, Aspire Football Dreams (Nigeria), Col. Sam Ahmedu (retd.), said the late Felagha was preparing to return to Nigeria on holidays before he died.
“John was an amiable guy and very much loved by all. He was among the first set of Nigerians selected for the Aspire Football Dreams project,” Ahmedu wrote on Facebook.