A Nigerian soccer defender, identified as Izu Joseph has died after the conclusion of the 2016 Nigeria Professional Football League season – Joseph played for NPFL side Shooting Stars of Ibadan and was part of the team that finished the season in 14th position.
A tweet by the Ibadan based club says:
“A Shooting STAR is gone! Izu Joseph is gone! Flamboyant defender is gone! RIP, brother. What a life! May God strengthen his family #Tragedy”
According to the club, he was shot dead in Bayelsa by soldiers of the Joint Task Force (JTF), who are locked in a long-drawn face-off with militants in Niger Delta.
The defender joined Shooting Stars three years ago from Bayelsa United when the Ibadan club were still in the second-tier Nigeria National League.
His soul rest in peace.