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Monday 10 January 2011

Former Nigerian Defender and Ex Kansas city player Uche Okafor Found Dead In Home

Former Kansas City Wizards defender and Nigeria international Uche Okafor was found dead in his Texas home earlier this week in an apparent suicide. He was 43.
Okafor was one of the original MLS players and featured for the Kansas City Wizards (now Sporting Kansas City) from 1996 until 2000. He was a regular for all five seasons with the Wizards, with his career culminating in the Wizards' 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire in the 2000 MLS Cup.
“It’s shocking and very sad,” said former Kansas City coach Bob Gansler, who coached the title-winning team, to “One would not have thought that such a tragedy would involve Uche. We are less one outstanding individual today, that’s for sure.”
Okafor also featured regular for the Nigerian national side, helping the Super Eagles to the 1994 African Cup of Nations and making one appearance in the 1998 World Cup, a group stage loss to Paraguay. He was an unused substitue in Nigeria's run to the Round of 16 in the 1994 World Cup and also featured in the 1988 Olympics.
"We are totally shocked by the news. Uche Okafor was a great player who represented his country at the highest level," said Musa Amadu, acting secretary general of the Nigerian Football Federation.
After retiring prior to the 2001 MLS campaign, Okafor worked as a youth coach in North Texas and most recently worked as a pundit specializing in African soccer for ESPN. R.I.P Okafor Source

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