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Coordinator sad as Okwaraji’s mother missed memorial tournament

The Police Campaign Against Cultism and Other Vices (POCACOV) has expressed sadness that the mother of the late football legend, Sam Okwaraji, Janet, could not witness the maiden edition of a tournament in her son’s honour.

It was reported that the death of Janet, a retired teacher and school proprietress, was confirmed on Monday. She was aged 83.

Sam Okwaraji, a Super Eagles player, died more than three decades ago while playing in a football pitch.

In a condolence message to the Okwaraji family on Tuesday, the National Coordinator of POCACOV, CSP Ebere Amaraizu, said that it was unfortunate that Janet could not witness the maiden edition of POCACOV/Sam Okwaraji Memorial Tournament/Clinic for U-15 children.

He said that preparation for the tournament had got to advanced stage.

“POCACOV condoles with the Okwaraji family on the demise of their matriarch, Lady Janet Okwaraji.

“We cannot blame God as He has the final say but it would have been a thing of joy if she had stayed alive to witness the POCACOV/Sam Okwaraji Memorial Tournament/Coaching Clinic for our Children and Youths of South East.

“On behalf of all POCACOV stakeholders and ambassadors, I sincerely condole with the family on the demise of the mother of the late football icon and patriot,’’ he said.

Amaraizu, also a Director in Nigeria Nationwide League One, said the tournament had been fixed tentatively for October, pending lifting of ban on football activities due to COVID-19.

POCACOV is the initiative of the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, aimed at saving Nigerian youths and children from the claws of cultism, thuggery, sexual and gender-based violence, substance abuse and other vices.

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