Ex-Flying Eagles goalkeeper to be laid to rest November 18

Ex-Flying Eagles goalkeeper to be laid to rest November 18
Former Nigerian Flying Eagles goalkeeper John Felagha will be laid to rest on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Atan Cemetery in Lagos.  He was only 26 when he passed away in Senegal on Sunday, August 30.

Former Nigerian Flying Eagles goalkeeper John Felagha will be laid to rest on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at Atan Cemetery in Lagos. He was only 26 when he passed away in Senegal on Sunday, August 30.

Felagha’s family along with Aspire Football Dreams Academy, Nigeria confirmed this on Friday. They noted that the decision was made after extensive deliberations in Bayelsa, the late player’s home state.

Aspire Football Dreams, Nigeria, known for nurturing soccer talents, had been working around the clock to plan a proper burial since the body arrived in Nigeria from Senegal. All arrangements for the internment, which will begin at 10:00 am on the 18th, have already been completed.

Coach Joe Erico, Uthman Okunnu and Godwin Malu of Aspire Football Dreams, Nigeria, said they will spare no expense to honor a goalkeeper who diligently served Nigeria.

John, was a staff member at Aspire Academy, in Saly, Senegal, where he worked as a goalkeeping coach.

As one of the first Nigerians selected for the Aspire Football Dreams Project, he went on to play professional soccer at KAS Eupen in Belgium’s Jupiter League after five years at the Academy where he excelled.

According to Sam Ahmedu, Aspire Football Dreams Director for Nigeria, John was Nigeria’s second goalkeeper at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria, where Nigeria reached the final and the goalkeeper is also part of the national teams U-20 until the next African. U-20 Championship and World Cup thereafter.

“He ended his professional career due to injury,” Ahmedu said.

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