Super Falcons Star dies at 38
FORMER Super Falcons star midfielder, Felicia Eze, is dead.
The national team star died yesterday in Anambra State after a brief illness, she was aged 38 years. Eze was a member of the victorious Super Falcons team that won the gold medal at the 2003 All Africa Games and also a member of the Falcons team to the 2004 edition of the Africa Women’s Championship which Nigeria won.
She was in the Falcons Olympic team to the Greece 2004 Olympic Games where the Nigerian team got to the quarter finals of the competition. Eze started her professional football career at Ufuoma Babes of Warri, before moving to Delta Queens of Asaba a team she captained for five years winning at least three national league titles in their colours. She left Delta Queens for FCT Queens of Abuja, from where she eventually moved to an amateur club in England where she played for two seasons before hanging her boots two years ago.
She was discovered for the national team after featuring in series of matches played by the Female Football Interest Group (FFIG) Selected Side against the national women’s team ahead of major tournaments.
The late Felicia Eze also played actively in seven editions of the FFIG All Stars Five-A-Side Championships played annually in Lagos. The President of the Female Football Interest Group (FFIG), Ms. Henrieta Ukaigwe, expressed shock on the news of the former Falcons star’s death, a player she described as God-fearing.
Ukaigwe who is also the Team Coordinator of the Super Falcons noted that before Eze’s death, she had gradually become the national team’s prayer warrior as she virtually led the Falcons prayer sessions before major games played in Abuja. “Nigeria has lost a great talent at a time she is most needed.” She prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed one who died at a very tender age of 3 8 years.