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Sunday, 15 January 2017

NFL losses another starlet as Crown thrown into mourning over the death of their player


Crown FC have  been thrown into mourning following the death of their player,  Samson Folorunso,  in a road crash which reportedly  claimed  11 others on  the Oyo/Ogbomoso Road in Oyo State on Saturday.

According to eyewitness accounts, the accident occurred when the driver of  commuter  bus  conveying Folorunsho and other passengers lost control of the vehicle  in a bid to avoid a head-on collision  with an articulated truck and plunged into the Odo-Oba River.

While Folorunsho and others died in the crash, our correspondent learnt that  another player of the   Nigeria National League club Samson Alo survived.

Over correspondent learnt that Crown  players and officials burst into tears after learning about the midfielder’s  untimely death.


Efforts made by our correspondent  to speak to the officials of the outfit  were unfruitful as confusion hit the team following the development.

However, the   Oyo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Abayomi Oke, who confirmed the report,  said the remains of the player   had been taken to Lagos. Crown  are  owned by the Oyo State Government.

Oke said, “We are sad to lose a player of top quality. The club and the state government, through the Ministry of Youths and Sports, will issue a statement at the appropriate time. The club officials accompanied the corpse to Lagos today (Sunday).”

Meanwhile, tributes poured in for  Folorunsho, who had  former Nigeria internationals Nwankwo Kanu, Daniel Shittu, Peter Rufai and Victor Ikpeba as his Facebook friends, via his Facebook page.
Some of  his friends  described him  as a gentleman.

A football coach, Osho Fatai,  wrote, “One of my Samsons is gone! Players I nurtured from their primary school days. Played with me at Littleton United FC, the Lagos State Under-17, Remo Stars FC, Supreme Court FC and now Crown FC.”

Fatai added, “Brake failure made the bus both of you were travelling in plunge into the river. One was able to swim out and the other couldn’t. So, Samson Folorunsho died while Paul Samson Alo escaped. Could something wake Samson up for me! No.”

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