Local player Chidubem Onyebo was murdered by his friend in Imo state.
Onyebo was murdered after his friend reportedly lured him away before he killed him and then buried his body in a shallow grave.
He was a promising young defender who played for ASJ Academy before he was murdered in a horrific way.
The young defender’s decomposing body was found on Friday, February 23 by a search party, a week after he was declared missing.
Nigerian football journalist John Paul obtained a signed statement from spokesperson of ASJ Academy Amajiriaku Emeka confirming the death of the player.
“ASJ Football Academy mourns her player, Chidubem Onyebo who was murdered in his home town, Irete, Owerri West LGA” The statement read.
The club also offered their condolence to the family of the deceased.
“Both management and players of our noble academy condole the family of the deceased player who featured for the academy in the 2017 Imo FA Cup and Sam Okwaraji Imo State League respectively.”
The club which is one of the well-known academies in Imo State, described the late Onyebo as a “trusted right full-back who aired a lot of potential.”
“He was until his death our trusted right full-back. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”
Tributes have been pouring in for Onyebo from the football family in Imo State.
Nigerian football have witnessed the deaths of local players in recent years
In October 2016, a Shooting Stars player Izu Joseph was shot and killed by men of the Joint Task Force in Rivers State.
Also in the same year, Gombe United player Uzama Douglas was shot by cultists in Benin City while hanging out with friends during the Christmas break.