Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu has urged national team players to beat Ethiopia in a 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifier coming up in June to immortalise Olubayo Adefemi who died in a motor accident in Greece on Monday.

The Portsmouth of England striker who was in Lagos on Tuesday told Complete Sports that it was painful losing the Skoda Xanthi defender at the time his services were really needed in the national team.

“It was sad and painful to hear that our brother, Olubayo is gone. He was a humble and committed player who also had the interest of this country at heart,” says the former Arsenal FC striker.

“The only thing we can do to immortalise him is for the Super Eagles to beat Ethiopia for him because if he was not dead, he would have been part of the team.”

Kanu who is now a FIFA Soccer Ambassador said the demise of the former Hapoel Bnei Lod of Israel defender will not affect the performance of the Super Eagles against the Ethiopia who last Friday sacked their Nigerian coach.

Nigeria will be hoping to pick a victory in Addis Ababa after defeating Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia 4-0 in the first leg played in Nigeria.

“Personally, I don’t think Olufemi’s death will affect the team but as a human being, no body will not feel the pain and that is the more reason why they have to win the match to immortalise him.”

Olubayo who died in Greece on Monday, was part of the country’s team to the 2008 Olympic Games where Nigeria won silver.

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