Ex-Super Eagles Keeper, Wilfred Agbonavbare, dies of cancer

Wilfred Agbonavbare

Another tragedy has hit the Nigerian football family as a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Wilfred Agbonavbare, finally lost his battle against cancer on Tuesday morning at a Spanish hospital he was receiving treatment.

Agbonavbare 48, was initially treated in Florida, United States, before he was transferred to the Prince of Asturias Hospital in Alcalá de Henares.

The news of Agbonavbare ‘s demise was confirmed by his former Spanish Club Rayo Vallecano who only last weekend helped raise 21,106.90 euros (over N4.5m) to help the former Eagles goalie. The effort may have now gone down the drain.
“El Rayo Vallecano informs that our ex- player Wilfred Agbonavbare has died early this morning at the Prince of Asturias Hospital in Alcalá de Henares,” Vallecano said on their official website on Tuesday. “The Club shall, as soon as possible, and with permission from the family (confirm) the place where you can give him a last farewell.”

The club did all it could to get the ex-keeper’s three children over from Nigeria to see their father for the last time, but all the paperwork and bureaucratic steps to be taken were not completed in time before Agbonavbare passed away Tuesday.

Sadly, Agbonavbare’s wife died of breast cancer three years ago after gulping all their earnings.

Only last weekend too, former Flying Eagles and U17 Coach Musa Abdulahi died of stroke after seven years of fighting the sickness.


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    RIP ,he belonged to a generation of patriotic sportsmen who are fast going extinct.
    It’s time for the country to pay him back by taking care of his children who are left without any parent !!

  • Gideon Orkar

    What a tragedy. Lost wife and now he is gone. May God strengthen his children and the rest of his family. RIP

  • Prince

    This man did not forge a certificate but has died. Those who forge certificates, from left, right and center have refused to die. How can death be so undemocratic? I just don’t understand. Those caught stealing Dollars and stuffing it beneath their caps, both the giver & taker in that monumental show of shame are still alive…those who actively partook in that Govt that supervised the killing of the Ogoni 9 …and now pursuing some political ambition are still alive….but an innocent Agbons who served the ‘nation’ is gone. Oh death, how do you kill?

    Dear Wilfred, Rest in perfect peace!

  • John Ikpeme

    Adieu Senior. Sleep in peace.
    One year my senior back at famous Edokpolo Grammar School that also produced Police of Senegal, Ndubuisi Okosieme, Tony “Poropo” and many others in the eighties, there will always be the sense of unfilfiled destiny given the enormity of his talents. Anyone who say him in goal for New Nigeria Bank and the Flying Eagles in the eighties understood while a secondary school student was manning the posts for the junior national team.
    Rest in peace senior we shall miss you.

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  • O. Larry

    ‘Sadly, Agbonavbare’s wife died of breast cancer three years ago after gulping all their earnings.’ *after gulping all their earnings This phrasing is both insensitive and unbecoming. Sadly, this is the kind of assault that Nigerian journalism inflicts on us on a daily basis. No respect for its human subjects, whether dead or alive; no regard for its readership. Shame!

  • beauty and the best

    RIP bro. Descanse En Paz (DEP) hermano…