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Ex-Super Eagles defender, Yisa Sofoluwe is dead

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A former ‘rock’ in the defence of Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Yisa Sofoluwe, is dead.

The former Abiola Babes player breathed his last at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), on Tuesday night, from mild cerebral atrophy — a brain ailment.

A close family friend to the late footballer confirmed the death of the ‘Dean of defence’, on Wednesday morning.

“It’s so sad that we lost him (Yisa Sofoluwe) last night,” the family friend said

The 53-year-old won 40 caps and scored one goal for Nigeria.

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He was the Super Eagles regular left-back between 1983 and 1988. He played at the 1984 and 1988 African Nations Cups (AFCON).

He won two domestic league titles with Shooting Stars of Ibadan (1981-83). He also won two FA Cups with Abiola Babes in 1985 and 1987.

Tributes have begun to pour in for the deceased as words of his death spread.