Nigeria: Tributes pour in for former hockey player ‘who represented Nigeria at FIFA World Cup’

A friend has revealed how Judge Christopher first embraced the game of hockey before becoming a football player.

Tributes continued to pour in for late Super Eagles midfielder Judge Christopher died Wednesday in Jos, Plateau State.

Except Nigeria Football Federation who, via a press release, expressed his grief at the sudden demise of the combative midfielder, there have been torrents of other social media posts praising the former Super Eagles star.

“It’s devastating. Judge Christopher was young and full of life. His death is a thing of deep sadness here in the NFF and in the whole atmosphere of Nigerian football. There have been no reports that he was ill. We are amazed to learn of his death.

“We pray that God grants him eternal rest and comforts the family he left behind,” the NFF said in its official statement.

In one of the many tributes paid to FacebookFabian Okoye, Special Advisor to Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal relived the memories of growing up with Justice Christopher in the Tudun Wada area of ​​Plateau State.

Unknown to many, Mr Okoye has revealed that the former Super Eagles star actually started out as a hockey player before delving into football where he played until the FIFA World Cup.

“Judge Christopher got into the sport as a hockey player in Plateau State. He later switched to football and started his playing career with Delta Stars of Warri, before moving to Elkanemi from Maiduguri “, Mr. Okoye wrote in his tribute to someone he described. like a great friend.

Mr Okoye said it didn’t take long before Christopher was noticed by Abdulmumini Aminu, who quickly signed the midfielder to his club, Katsina United.

He said: “Playing for Katsina United his career blossomed. He was called up to the national under-20 team. He later captained the team and showed real leadership. From the Under-20 team, he was invited to the Super Eagles where he became one of Nigeria’s most reliable defenders.”

“We were so close in our region, Tudun Wada, Jos, Plateau State. He was humble, simple, engaging and generous. He will be greatly missed. Nigeria has indeed lost one of its finest footballers and engaging sports personalities. ” He added

Justice Christopher played for Katsina United, Sharks FC and Insurance FC on the home front before traveling overseas, where he played for Antwerp FC (Belgium), Levski Sofia (Bulgaria), Trelleborgs FF (Sweden); Alania Vladikavkaz (Russia) and Herfølge BK (Denmark).

In October 2012, he joined Nasarawa United FC in Lafia from where he retired.

Catherine J. Martinez