Updated: Dec 14, 2019
Reports reaching Afrofooty indicate that Philip Osondu, who was the star boy of Nigeria’s Under-17 Golden Eaglets’ exploit in Canada in 1987, is dead. He reportedly died in Belgium at the age of 48 after taking himself to the hospital to be examined on Thursday this week. According to an online media platform, Osondu was said to have felt unwell at work and decided to visit the hospital where he subsequently died. Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never reached the first team. In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada. Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the Soviet Union. He got the World Cup Golden Ball as best player of the tournament. Osondu was born on 28 November, 1971. He played predominantly in Belgium.