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President Buhari hails heroic goalie, Emmanuel Okala at 70

Emmanuel Okala

President Muhammadu Buhari has joined “sports loving Nigerians in wishing one of the world’s best goalkeepers, Emmanuel Okala, a happy 70th birthday.”

A statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), which relayed the President’s birthday greetings said that “President Buhari recalls that Okala represented the best of Nigerian talent and dexterity” as a goalkeeper for the senior national football team in his prime.

“The President thanks the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations Winner for inspiring many with his brand of patriotism and dedication to duty each time he donned the national colours on duty.

“The President believes that Okala is worthy of honour and celebration as a coach and mentor who has helped many footballers succeed in their chosen careers.

“He prays Almighty God to grant the elder statesman more memorable years of health and fulfilment in all his endeavours,” the statement said.

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