British-Nigerian professional footballer, Samuel Oji has died at the age of 35.
Oji, a cousin of UK soul singer, Lemar was said to have been battling ‘illness’ just before he passed, leaving behind his wife and children.
He had only recently being appointed as assistant manager at Highgate United FC in July having previously playing for multiple clubs in UK and Ireland.
Paying tribute, Highgate United announced on Saturday morning: “All it is with a very heavy heart that I am deeply saddened to inform you, that our beloved Captain, Leader and Legend Samuel Oji has sadly passed away.”
“The thoughts of all at Highgate United FC are with Sam’s wife, children and family at this very sad time. RIP Oji.”
His other clubs including Birmingham City FC and Galway United also paid tribute.
The Club is devastated to hear of the passing of former player Sam Oji, aged 35.— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) August 28, 2021
The thoughts of everyone at #BCFC are with Sam's family and friends at this extremely difficult time. pic.twitter.com/wezouVFjjI
Galway United would like to offer our condolences to the family and loved ones of Sam Oji. Sam scored for us in our first game back in the Premier Division in 2015 and was a terrific player in his time at the club. He was a hugely popular person and a gentleman. Rest easy, Sam. pic.twitter.com/3ziDrjd6Wz— Gaillimh Aontaithe (@GalwayUnitedFC) August 28, 2021