As the countdown to the final burial of the Late Albert Onyeanwuna gathers momentum, the All Stars International of Lagos will on Sunday, Sept 7, take on the Lagos SWAN Team in a Novelty match in honor of one of Nigeria’s best footballers of all time. The match will hold at the Eagles Club, Surulere, Lagos.
The event has the full backing of the
Anambra State Government. The late Onyeanwuna has been variously described by ardent followers of the Nigerian football as the best dribbler of his time from 1950 to mid 60s.
Onyeanwuna player died on 22nd April, 2014 in Lagos, aged 78.
The midfielder, who thrilled Nigerian football fans in the 1950s and 1960s, was the then pivot of the senior national team, then known as the `Red Devils’.
He had 26 International caps and was credited with six goals during his time.
The match will see the executive governor of Lagos, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, leading the Ex-Internationals such as Segun Odegbami, Henry Nwosu, Friday Elaho, Friday Ekpo and others against the Lagos SWAN Team that has never lost a match in the last one year.
Onyeanwuna was one of the biggest players of his era — a master dribbler; he debuted for the Red Devils on October 30, 1955 against Ghana in the Jalco Cup and played his last game on March 26, 1965 against Morocco in an Olympic Games’ qualifier.
He not only played but scored for Nigeria in the 4th Africa Cup of Nations and Nigeria’s first appearance in 1963. The tournament was hosted by Ghana.
The former Nigeria International will also be honored with another Novelty match in Port Harcourt on Saturday, September 13, 2014.
Onyeanwuna would be buried on September 19, 2014 at his home town Abatete, Anambra State after a Christian funeral service.