Former Nigeria Midfielder Dies After Illness

Former Nigeria International Is Dead

Nigeria football fans (Photo: Jumia Travels)

Former Nigerian midfielder Arthur Madueme has died after a brief illness.

Concise News reports that Madueme, whose death comes just four months after the demise of his wife, played for Rangers International of Enugu, Shooting Stars of Ibadan and BCC Lions of Gboko.

Fondly called ‘Arthur Belly’, his sad event was said to have happened last week.

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club, Rangers, announced the news on their verified Twitter handle on Thursday.

“We mourn the passing away of our former midfield maestro, Arthur  Madueme, whose sad event took place last week after a brief illness. May God grant his soul rest in the Lord.  R.I.P Arthur Belly!!!!!” their statement read.


Ralph Chidozie George, a broadcast sports journalist, also broadcast the news on his Twitter handle on Thursday.

Former @RangersIntFC, @Official3SC, BCC Lions & Nigeria Int’l midfielder, Arthur Madueme is dead. Also played in Belgium. His death came just 4 Months after the death of his wife. As a Coach he worked with Okey Emordi at @CODUnitedFC & @lamrayunitedfc One good man gone,” he tweeted.

After representing Nigeria in one FIFA match, he took up coaching duty at COD United F.C. and Lamray united football club.

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Ridwan is a trained communicator who specialises in football and squash. He has been published by African Examiner. He provides professional coverage of general news, politics and sports, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first Nigerian interview with South Africa's no. 1 male squash player, Jean-Pierre Brits. He is a proud Nigerian and campaigner for #NigeriaIsOurs.

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