The remains of the Assistant Coach of the U-20 Women National Team, Falconets, Chris Nwaehi, who died in Lagos on April 29, will be interred in his home town, Umuegbe, Osuh Achara in Isiala Mbano local government area of Imo State on Friday, June 28.
Nwaehi died suddenly on Monday, April 29, hours after being turned back from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport for being too ill to travel. He was on his way to his base in Spain.
Nwaehi, alongside former Super Falcons’ captain Florence Omagbemi, assisted Coach Edwin Okon to steer the Falconets to fourth place and global adulation at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup finals in Japan last year.
According to Ademola Olajire, Assistant director, Media, the NFF General Secretary, Musa Amadu, in a condolence message deeply mourned the passing of the young coach and prayed for the repose of his gentle soul.
“Even as we write this letter, we are still unable to come to terms with the departure of this lively and brilliant Coach, who carried himself with absolute dignity and pursued excellence in his chosen career, with every sense of responsibility and uncommon professionalism.
“The death of Chris Nwaehi, Assistant Coach of the U-20 Women National Team of Nigeria, also known as Falconets, only few months after he helped the team win worldwide acclaim after reaching the semi finals of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan, breaks the heart, and I
convey to you and the entire Nwaehi family, the deep sadness of the entire Nigerian football family over his exit.”
Family members on Thursday acknowledged the Nigeria Football Federation’s support towards the burial programme.