June 25, 2021

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Buhari salutes Emmanuel Okala at 70

Former Green Eagles goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala

Former Green Eagles goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala

President Muhammadu Buhari joins sports loving Nigerians in wishing one of world’s best goalkeepers, Emmanuel Okala, happy 70th birthday.

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined sports loving Nigerians in wishing one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Emmanuel Okala, a happy 70th birthday.

The president’s congratulatory message was issued by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Monday.

Buhari recalled that Okala, as a goalkeeper for the senior national football team in his prime, represented the best of Nigerian talent and dexterity.

The president thanked the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations Winner for inspiring many with his brand of patriotism and dedication to duty each time he donned the national colour on duty.

According to him, Okala is worthy of honour and celebration as a coach and mentor, who has helped many footballers succeed in their chosen careers.

He prayed almighty God to grant the elder statesman more memorable years of health and fulfilment in all his endeavours. (NAN)

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