It has been reported that Nigeria’s Shooting Stars’ defender, Izu Joseph, lost his life to a stray bullet on Sunday in Bayelsa state, south region of Nigeria.
Izu Joseph was a talented central defender for Nigeria’s Premier League club, Shooting Stars, Ibadan.
It was reported that armed robbers attacked a market in his hometown, Okaki in Bayelsa State. He was hit by a bullet and rushed to a nearby hospital where he died.
The skilled player had returned home after the Nigerian football league season, for a holiday. Jubril Arowolo, Media Officer for the club says that an official statement will be given when the club meets with the family of the fallen soccer champ.
“The news came as a shock to us around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday that Izu Joseph was shot by gunmen, though we are yet to get details from the family, hopefully we will make an official statement once we get across to his family later in the day.”
It is recalled that Izu Joseph played a significant and formidable role in the just concluded 2015/2016 season of the Nigerian Professional Football League.
Izu scored a goal at the nick of time for the Shooting Stars in their 2-1 win against Nasarawa United in the Nigeria Professional Football League tournament.
Shooting Stars’ general manager has expressed his sadness over the huge loss.
Rasheed Balogu, 3SC’s General Manager, said:
“Today is a very sad day for us. This was a young boy with a lot of promise and we are devastated.”
“We are still getting confusing reports about what happened exactly but we have been told that the stray bullet came from the JTF [Nigerian Joint Task Force].”
Shooting Stars are currently aggrieved over their loss. They put this up on social media:
“A Shooting STAR is gone! Izu Joseph is gone! Flamboyant defender is gone! RIP, brother. What a life! May God strengthen his family.”
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has sent in their condolence to the club.