As the football fraternity continue to mourn the unfortunate death of Philip Udala, his football club, Udala FC have released an official statement
PAINFUL EXITS OF OUR PRESIDENT, PHILIP UDALA AND TEAM MANAGER, GODSENT ERIOBU
It is with the deepest regret and a collective broken heart that we announce the untimely death of our President, High Chief Philip Chinonso Udala (Nwanweniteaku Idemili).
Chief Udala tragically lost his life on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, when unknown gunmen attacked his convoy killing him alongside our team’s manager, Godsent Eriobu and others.
The primary thoughts of everyone at the Club are with the Udala family at this period of unspeakable loss.
As a family, the management, players and technical crew we mourn his passing and hope to keep his vision for the team alive and make it his legacy.
The football community in Anambra in particular and Nigeria, in general, have lost one of the most passionate men of the game.
He was a member of the Anambra State Football Association (ANSFA) Caretaker committee that was set up by NFF to reposition football in the State in 2020.
In February 2021 he sponsored the Udala Pre-season Tournament involving 8 teams from the South East and followed with the Udala scouting programme involving another 8 teams.
Udala was a kind and generous man whose love for football was overflowing.
Our Team Manager, Godsent Eriobu was truly Godsent to the team as he was there from inception as a pioneer player and Captain.
He was also the Secretary of the Anambra Independent Football League (AIFL).
At this difficult time, we appreciate the support and solidarity of the football family.
The funeral will be announced by his family.