British-Nigerian footballer Samuel Oji dies

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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.

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