The camp of the Super Falcons of Nigeria was thrown into mourning in the morning of Thursday July 16 following death of the team’s media officer, Gracious Akujobi.
Akujobi, who has been serving as media officer for the women’s senior national team since 2011 – toss in a stint with the U17, the Flamingoes in 2012 – was on national duty at the camp ahead of the Super Falcons’ Olympic qualifier against Equatorial Guinea scheduled for Saturday.
According to the statement on the official website of the Nigeria Football Federation, doctors confirmed Gracious Akujobi dead on arrival at the General Hospital, Maitama, Abuja at about 7am on Thursday after she suddenly took ill at the team’s Parkview Hotel, Zone 1.
“She looked very ill and appeared to have struggled hard to open the door to her room, when some persons noticed her. The team doctor and physiotherapist and other officials moved quickly to attend to her and then rushed her to the hospital, but she died on the way,” the statement read.
Akujobi has been traveling with the Super Falcons to competitions, most notably the ninth edition of the African Women Championship in Windhoek, Namibia, which Nigeria emerged champions as well as the just concluded 2015 FIFA women’s world cup where the Falcons did not make it past the group stage.
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, as quoted on the website said, “This is a very tragic occurrence. Gracious (Akujobi) was such an energetic, hard –working officer and her death has come as a terrible shock. Her commitment to the job was never in doubt.
“The NFF is in deep mourning with her family over this tragedy,” he added.
Born on 26th October, 1977., Miss Akujobi, who hails from Imo State, has been covering sports beat for Prompt News Online since joining them in 2013.
She had worked briefly as part-time staff at DAAR Communications, owners of AIT and Ray Power FM and 2muchsports.com.
May her soul rest in peace.