Former Nigeria international and coach, Samson Siasia had the complements of his former teammates while holding a comforting prayers at Trem Church in Smyrna, at Atlanta Georgia in the US.
It was at a solemn ocassion for the celebration of life for Siasia’s father,
Pa Commander Harrison Siasia, who died at 96 years old.
Siasia had some of his old teammates in attendance. Among them was Paul Okoku who featured for the 1983 class of the Flying Eagles as well as the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations’ squad of Nigeria.
Also in attendant were Godwin Odiye, McMilan Ogbomo, patron of Enugu Rangers, Sir Benson Ejindu, Emeka Donnie Ikpa and Peter Nosegbe.
Others include Nathaniel Ogedegbe and Chibuzor Ehilegbu who sent their condolences.
Some of his 1983 set in the Flying Eagles; Femi Olukanni, one of the Olukanni brothers, Alphonsus Akhahon, Dehinde Akinlotan, Taju Disu, Chibuzor Ehilegbu, Tarila Okorowanta, Coach Manu Garba, Dahiru Sadi, Otti Amaechi, Sunday Edema Benson and Patrick Udoh, all expressed sadness over the development, and thanked God for the life that Pa Siasia lived, adding that “may his soul rest in peace.”
Speaking on the outpouring of love from his former teammates and friends in the USA, Siasia said he was grateful to all of them for rallying round him at his time of need.
“I appreciate all of then for turning out to attend my late father service of songs and thank all those who sent in condolence messages to wish my family well during my father’s service of songs.
“I thank Paul Okoku, who rallied round to get my former teammates to show up for this special occasion. It meant so much to me. It felt like a reunion of sorts for us although it was a service of songs for my beloved father”, Siasia remarked.
“I also want to thank Mr Benson who stays in North Carolina for supporting me during the occasion. He has always been a great supporter in the past and showed up again for me and my family.
“He was one of the people who supported the Olympic Eagles when they came to the US for a friendly match before the Olympics in Rio. He is from Enugu state and supports former players and Rangers International “.