Idris Malikawa, media officer for Nigeria’s relegated Professional Football League team Kano Pillars, has expressed shock at the death of the club’s former striker Bello Kofarmata, reports The PUNCH.
According to Malikawa, the forward, a member of the Flying Eagles team at the 2007 Canada Under-20 World Cup, died Tuesday night at the age of 34 after a brief illness in his hometown of Kofarmata in Kano state.
Speaking to The PUNCH, the club’s media official said that Sai Masu Gida, as the Pillars are affectionately called, will forever remember the Super Eagles forward.
“It’s not easy to lose a young player, especially someone who has contributed a lot to the club’s success,” he said.
“I vividly remember in 2008, Bello was part of the team that won the club’s first NPFL title. We will miss him, he will always be a part of this club. He was also part of the club’s successes on the continent as we reached the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League. There is no way to describe the feeling of losing a player like him.”
Malikawa added: “Not only did he leave his mark at club level, but also at national level, where he played at U-20 and U-23 levels. He was also invited to the Eagles team by CHAN. He will be remembered for his discipline.
“He was from a football family and remained humble. That’s why the club honored him and will be there for his funeral right away that the brother called me.”
Kofarmata joined Pillars in 2007 and helped the club win the 2007/08 Nigerian Premier League title with his 11 goals. He was also the league’s top scorer that season.
He also played for Heartland, Elkanemi Warriors and a stint abroad with Norway’s IK Start.
He played one game for the Super Eagles, the 5-2 friendly victory over the Democratic Republic of Congo in Abuja in March 2010.