Tragedy: Gombe Utd defender shot dead

By TUNDE SHAMSUDEEN

Gombe United defender Uzama Douglas has been shot dead while holidaying in Benin City, Edo State. by cultists on Thursday.

A close pal of the former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles invitee said that the left back was shot by suspected cultists and was declared dead on admission to hospital on Thursday.

“He was still on break in Benin City and was yet to resume for the new season,” the close pal said.

“He went out with friends when some cult boys carried out an attack on them. He was shot and that was it.”

“The killers fled and left my friend in cold blood,” the emotional friend stated.

A top official at Gombe United said the club was shocked after Uzama was shot and killed by the cultists.

“The Gombe United family has learned with sadness of the untimely death of our defender Uzama Douglas.”

“This is a sad loss to Uzama’s family, Gombe United and the nation.”

A call across to Kennedy Obiokor, Uzama’s room mate and he reacted to the news.

“Beyond devastated at the loss of my room mate Uzama Douglas. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terrible time.”

Gombe United are planning to give an official press statement as regards Uzama’s death.

The death of Uzama is the second tragedy to hit the domestic football scene in the last three months after Shooting Stars central defender Izu Joseph was shot dead.


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