LESS than a week after some of his colleagues pleaded for support to save his life, former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Wilfred Agbonavbare has died.
He died of cancer at 48.
Agbonavbare’s former club, Rayo Vallecano announced the goalkeeper’s death on its website.
Just five days ago, the ex New Nigeria Bank goalkeeper’s former national team mates including, Paul Okoku, Dehinde Akinlotan, Tajudeen Disu and Femi Olukanni were desperately soliciting financial support to save his life.
A plea for help was also made to president Goodluck Jonathan asking the Nigerian leader to come to the aid of the heroe of Tunisia ’94.
The former U-21 keeper was critically ill and needed financial support on his sick bed in the United States at the time.
Though, his former club, Rayo Vallecano, whose management has been ever supportive, raised more money for his treatment on Monday, but it was a bit too late as Agbonivbare finally lost the battle.
Agbonavbare, was a member of the National U-21 team to Mexico, Flying Eagles ’83 squad, silver medalist at 1984 African Nations Cup and gold medalist at Tunisia ’94.
It would also be recalled that Nigeria had to rely on his services during the qualifiers for the 1994 World Cup in the United States following Peter Rufai’s brief absence at the national team.
Agbonavbare played a prominent role as Dutchman, Clemence Westerhoff became the first manager to take Nigeria to its first ever World Cup appearance.