Gombe United defender Uzama Douglas was shot dead in Benin City by armed men believed to be cultists on Thursday.
The murder of Uzama is the second tragedy to hit the domestic football scene in the last three months after Shooting Stars central defender Izu Joseph was shot dead.
A close friend of the former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles invitee said that the left back was shot in Benin City and declared dead on arrival in hospital.
Fellow NPFL club, Sunshine Stars condoled with the newly promoted Gombe United. The Akure-based side tweeted: ” Our thoughts and prayers are with Gombe United FC on the death of their defender, Douglas Uzama. ”
Our thoughts and prayers are with Gombe United FC on the death of their defender, Douglas Uzama.
— Sunshine Stars FC (@SunshineFCAkure) December 30, 2016
“He was still on break in Benin City and was yet to resume for the new season,” the friend said.
“He went out with friends when some cult boys carried out an attack against them. He was shot and that was it.
“The killers fled and left my friend in cold blood.”
A top official at Gombe United said the club was shocked by the death of the player.
“The Gombe United family has learned with sadness of the untimely death of our defender Uzama Douglas,” he said.
“This is a sad loss to Uzama’s family, Gombe United and the nation.”
Source: African football