Google celebrates Okwaraji
Google celebrates Okwaraji

Google celebrates Okwaraji’s birthday.

Okwaraji was born on 19 May 1964 in Orlu, Imo State, Nigeria.

Okwaraji had a career in Europe which included playing for AS Roma (1984-1985), NK Dinamo Zagreb (1985-1986), Austria Klagenfurt (1986-1987), VfB Stuttgart (1987-1989) and SSV Ulm 1846 (loan) (1987-1988) while finishing his education in law.

In his short stay with Dinamo Zagreb, Samuel scored 3 goals in a friendly game vs NK Budućnost Hodošan.

He made the Green Eagles squad in 1988 and at that year’s African Nations Cup he scored one of the fastest goals in the history of the championship,

against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

He played along until the final match, where the Eagles lost to their perennial rivals Cameroon by a lone goal.

Google celebrates Okwaraji’s birthday.

The 55th posthumous birthday of former Nigerian footballer, Samuel Okwaraji, has been celebrated by Google with a doodle.

The tech giants marked the occasion with the specially themed display of a doodle celebrating the deceased football star who slumped and died at the age of 25  in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium on 12 August 1989.

The cause of his death was later discovered to be a congestive heart failure.

He died from possible complications of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy as an autopsy showed.

Doodles are changes make to the Google logo to celebrate holidays,

anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.

Okwaraji who never played for any Nigerian club was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome.

The sudden death was similar to that of Marc-Vivien Foé less than 14 years later.

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