Today is 120 days since Ifeanyi George died in a ghastly car accident along Asaba- Benin Expressway on his way to Lagos to be with his family after COVID-19 brought the premier league to an inconclusive end.
Defender Ugwu Uwadiegwu , who played alongside the attacker during his spell in Enyimba led other teammates to their sense of profound shock to his demise .
Ugwu Uwadiegwu reflected on “Odogwu” as George is popularly called , as a phenomenal that can’t be described in the past , in a sob of despair , the defender said he is yet to come to reality that his friend , brother and teammate is dead .
“ I really cannot come to grips with the fact that my brother, friend, team mate on and off the pitch have gone to be with the saints in heaven. It still looks like yesterday when that thunder-bolt like sad realities of those sordid images filled the media that my ‘Odogwu’ was gone to be seen no more. I am still hurt and in shock whenever I remember that we can’t share those banters before, during and after games. To me, Ifeanyi can’t be discussed in the past tense. I still feel his presence.”
“ Ifeanyi George is my very close friend on and off the pitch “ , said Ibrahim Olawoyin , who scored the equalizer against Nouadhibou FC of Mauritania , “ He was a calm person, very humble and he was kind. He was a warrior on the pitch, always wanting to win all matches. I miss him forever. Rest on, ‘Odogwu’. said Olawoyin , who is often called “little messi” by teammates .
“someone that liked to be on his own and did his thing the right way he felt it good for him off the field” said Legendary Femi Thomas . “Ifeanyi George was a great guy and easy going person “ on the field, he was one that you will see that wanted to shed blood for his team and got Rangers International F.C of Enugu in his mind. He had the ‘Never Say Die’ spirit. Rest on Ifeanyi George ‘ODOGWU’.” Femi eulogized
The sense of disbelief was also shared by his striking partner , Kelvin Itoya , “Ifeanyi George happened to be not only a team mate but also a friend. He was a hard worker on and off the pitch and was an inspirational player. He started from being the least striker to the best striker in Rangers through hard work and dedication to his duties. He would be greatly missed and may his soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.”
Midfielder Tony Shimaga , who was part of the four players invited by Imama Amakapabo ahead of 2020 CHAN return game against Togo described his teammate as a brother “Ifeanyi George was a nice guy always willing to be of help to his fellow players. He was a warrior on the pitch and he does not like to lose any match. “ Anytime we lose a game, he will not be happy. We will really miss him.”
Ifeanyi George ‘s jersey number 15 would be retired for next season .