The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development have extended a hand of appreciation to the family of the late Sam Okwaraji, the SportsBay.com reports
In a statement from the ministry, the minister, Sunday Dare who was represented by Bamidele Ajayi was at the home of the late Eagles star in Abakpa-Nike in Enugu state donated various foodstuff and provisions as well as cash gift of N50,000.
The Minister explained that the gesture was to assist Okwaraji’s mother, Mrs. Janet Okwaraji in her old age as a mark of honour for the contribution of the former Dinamo Zagreb forward to Nigerian football which remains indelible years after his death.
His Word,” I have always been drawn to greatness and I admire people who live their lives to elevate the status of their community and nation. Okwaraji was not just a footballer, he was an icon and great patriot.
“He was a great professional who redefined football in Nigeria with many young talents benefiting from his ingenuity and sacrifices by re-writing our country name in gold in world football”.
Responding on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the Okwarajis, Mr. Patrick Okwaraji regretted that though their mother was slightly indisposed hence could not receive the Minister’s representative, he expressed the family appreciation for the kind gesture.
Mr. Patrick Okwaraji said he lacked the words to describe the gesture from a serving Minister to lend support to the family after several past attempts have failed.
“Sam died almost 30 years ago, everybody would appreciate if they feel he is worthy to be remembered and appreciated for the little contributions he made even when he died in his prime.
“I thank the Minister for deeming it worthy to do this. It is very encouraging that this is the first and only Minister to support the family. We are indeed very grateful. I honestly don’t know what to say other than to say the family appreciate this show of commitment to us which is long overdue.”