Report of the death of former Super Falcons star, Ifeanyi Chiejine, has come as a rude shock particularly to the sporting community.
Chiejine was in the Falcon squad to the 1999, 2003 and 2007 World Cups just as she was in the 2000 and 2008 teams to Summer Olympics scoring 15 goals in a total of 61 matches for the Nigeria female national side.
The deceased died on Thursday with conflicting reports surrounding her demise. An account said her death was sudden claiming she was not sick.
However, a report that gained traction even with the Nigeria Football Federation was that she had been battling an unknown ill-health.
“This is huge shock. We had no idea that she was sick. Ifeanyi was one of the most naturally gifted players to have featured for the Super Falcons. Her death at such a young age is a big blow,” the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said of the 36 year-old’s demise in his tribute.
Late Chiejine had long been battling an ailment allegedly bordering on spiritual problem with efforts made to salvage her deteriorating health, according to Punchng.com.
The paper quoted a source as saying: “The belief is that she died of spiritual problems. She was taken to different places, part of which is Ikorodu and a very influential pastor in Lagos.”