A former Super Eagles defender, Yisa Shofoluwe, is dead.
Popularly known as Minister of Defence, Shofoluwe died in the hospital on Tuesday night as funds were being raised for his treatment.
Shofoluwe held away in the right back position of the Super Eagles between 1983 and 1988, playing at the 1984 and 1988 African Nations Cups.
He was one time assistant coach of the Golden Eaglets and also assisted at Gateway FC of Abeokuta.
Shofoluwe was on admission at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba, Lagos before his death.
Yisa Sofoluwe was one of the most talented defenders Nigerian football has witnessed. He played delectable football and was one of the finest of his era.
In his hey days, Ace broadcaster, Ernest Okonkwo named him Minister of Defence.
Two Nations Cup silver medals, two FA Cup trophies and two FA Cup silver medals were just some of the rich credentials this humble servant of Nigerian football has in his cabinet.
About his encounter with Ernest Okonkwo who nicknamed him Minister of Defence, he was once said: “It was in Morocco ’88 when I saw the man, we met at a hotel lobby. He just called me Yisa, please come. I went to him. He asked, “Do you know me?” I told hem no. And he said, “I am Ernest Okonkwo,” and I was shocked.
“The same Ernest Okonkwo that gave me the name ‘Defence Minister’? I then asked why he gave me the name. He asked me, “don’t you know the way you play? It is because of the way you play. That is why I gave you the name. He told me it was the way I played in our match against Ghana in Kaduna the following day I saw in the papers and everybody began calling me that name.
“I was so happy but I didn’t allow that go into my head. I remained calm and humble and I always strived to put in my best every time I was called upon by the coaches to play either in the national team or Abiola Babes.”