A member of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation and Chairman, Akwa Ibom FA, Emmanuel Ibah, died of complications from COVID-19 on Tuesday, The PUNCH reports.
Ibah’s death was announced in a statement by the Communications Department of the NFF, which was made available to our correspondent.
The statement said family sources confirmed the death of the former board member aged 61.
NFF president, Amaju Pinnick, described the late Ibah as a “very loyal and supportive person.”
“I am just lost for words. I don’t know what to say. This has been a tragic year on so many fronts. Emmanuel Ibah was like a brother. He was my colleague from the South South on the NFF Executive Committee and a very loyal and supportive person. We have lost another pillar on the board. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace,” Pinnick said.
Ibah is the third member of the NFF board to die in 2020 after Musa Duhu, who died September 19 and Chidi Okenwa, a member representing the South East on the board, who passed away May 8.
Asides the three board members, the Head of ICT of the NFF, Tolulope Abe, also died August 29.