A former member of Nigeria’s golden eaglets soccer team, Philip Osondu, is dead. Phillip died in Belgium in accordance with experiences gathered from dependable sources.
Phillip who was the star boy of Nigeria’s Beneath-17 Golden Eaglets’ exploit in Canada in 1987, on the age of 48 after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday.
Based on the Nation, Osondu was stated to have felt unwell at work and determined to go to the hospital the place he subsequently died.
Osondu performed recurrently for the youth groups of Nigeria, however by no means reached the primary team.
In 1987 he participated within the World U-16 tournament in Canada. Nigeria reached the ultimate, however then misplaced on penalties to the Soviet Union.
He bought the World Cup Golden Ball as greatest participant of the match.
Osondu was born on 28 November, 1971. He performed in Belgium for teams, together with RSC Anderlecht and RWDM.
Osondu performed in his native Nigeria for El Kanemi Warriors when RSC Anderlecht introduced him to Belgium in 1988. The attacker was seen as an rising soccer expertise and was transferred to Anderlecht that was a promising crew. A year later, the 18-year-old striker made his debut on the highest stage in an away match in opposition to Germinal Ekeren in 1989 enjoying underneath coach Aad de Mos.
Nonetheless, there was a number of competitors at Anderlecht with gamers like Luc Nilis, Luis Oliveira, Marc Van Der Linden and Gert Verheyen which made Osondu seem barely on the video games. Between 1990 and 1992 the Nigerian was additionally loaned to neighbors RWDM.
When RWDM bought Osondu, coach Hugo Broos gave him extra enjoying alternatives. For the primary time within the First Division, he additionally discovered the again of the aim. Osondu scored his first aim in a 4-1 win over Beerschot VAV. A year later Broos left for Club Brugge and was succeeded by Ladislav Novák. This led to fewer alternatives to play for Osondu, which in the summertime led to his return to Anderlecht.
In 1994, Osondu moved to second division club La Louviere, the place the small and technically gifted striker scored 5 instances in twenty matches. A season later he swapped La Louvière in the course of the winter break for Union Saint Gillis, the place he accomplished the remainder of the season. Afterwards he performed a number of years for Diegem Sport and FC Merchtem 2000.
Osondu, who was regarded in his personal nation as an amazing expertise and likewise acquired excessive reward as a youth worldwide, might by no means fulfill his potential in Belgium.