*Son, 24, buried amidst sorrow and tears
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu has joined millions of Nigerians to commiserate with Coach Kasali Lasisi over the death of his first son, Abdulazeez Saka Lasisi. Great sports icons Chief Mary Onyali and Nduka Duke Odizor also sent their condolences.
According to Iwuanyanwu, who is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI), where coach Lasisi is the Technical Director (Table Tennis), “when I heard of the death, my heart sank. I felt grim shock and pain. I pray the good Lord will give the father and his family to bear the deep loss. Losing a child is one of the most difficult pains to bear in life.”
Chief Onyali said, “I do not wish this for my enemies lest a man I had worked with whose inspiration lifts me each time. It is sad but we concede to God. I just pray for coach Lasisi. Its been a gloomy period for us.”
Pained even in his voice, Nduka Duke Odizor said, “please extend my condolence to coach Lasisi. We feel and share in his pains. It is very difficult but God will console him.”
Abdulazeez plies his silky skills as a Kwara United FC of Ilorin left full back. He has been buried according to Islamic rites in Ilorin the state capital.
An Islamic cleric who doubles as the special assistant to governor Abdul Fatah Ahmed on Islamic matters, Ustaz Saheed Mohamed, led sympathisers to observe the janaza prayer for the repose of the soul of the deceased at the Muslim cemetery Ilorin.
Late Saka Azeez play mates at Kwara United FC wept uncontrollably as their friend and colleague was laid to rest.
Top government officials, led by commissioner for sports and youth development pharmacist Bolakale Ayo, led the delegation of government officials, while the president of the club Prince Oladimeji Ladi Thompson led the Kwara United FC Family to attend the prayer.
Kwara State Government has commiserated with the family of the late Saka Abdulazeez a player of Kwara United FC who slumped and died on Friday 26th May 2017.
A statement signed by the media officer Kwara United FC Abdul Waheed Bibire on behalf of government described the death of the young lad as a rude shock in-view of his contributions to the club.
The entire soccer fans according to the statement will surely miss the player, a professional on and off the pitch, easy going and a dedicated person. “To Almighty Allah we come and to him we shall return”, death is inevitable which every soul will experience hence the need for his family, friends, close associates and soccer fans to take solace in Allah for the irreparable loss.
The statement prays Allah to forgive late Saka Abdulazeez all his shortcomings and grant him an abode in Al-Jannat Fridaous.
The government however re-stated her commitment to any issue that will further ensure the well-being of the player. The statement also condole the Nigeria National League over the loss meanwhile Kwara United president Sir Prince Oladimeji Ladi Thompson said the entire soccer fans is no doubt in a mourning mood over Saka Abdulazeez’s death, according to him the player is a young and promising guy with potentials to reach the pinnacle of his professional career.
Late Saka Abdulazeez is a left full back, he joined the service of Kwara United FC from Zamfara FC at the beginning of the current 2017/2018 Nigeria National League (NNL) Season.
A native of Share in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, late Saka Abdulazeez is also a biological son to former African Table Tennis champion Kasali Lasisi.
Late Saka Azeez died in the early hours of Friday when he slumped during training at the main bowl of the Kwara state Stadium complex Ilorin and was later confirmed dead at the General Hospital, Ilorin. He died at 24.