The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has reacted with “shock” to reports that emerged on Thursday evening that former Nigeria Under-20 and Under-23 captain Isaac Promise had passed on.
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said the Federation and indeed the entire Nigerian Football community was greatly saddened by the news, especially coming less than 48 hours after two players of Nigeria Women Professional League side, Police Female Machine FC of Uyo were killed by a hit-and-run motorist after a training session.
“Isaac Promise was a very disciplined, energetic, committed and patriotic player who gave his all every time he put on the green-and-white,” Sanusi recounted.
“We do not know yet the cause of death, but we mourn his untimely passing at such a young age. Our prayer is that Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest and also grant those he has left behind the fortitude to bear the big loss,” he added.
Promise was captain of the Nigeria U20 squad that won the renamed U20 Africa Cup of Nations in 2005 in Benin Republic, and finished as runners-up at the FIFA U20 World Cup in The Netherlands the same year, losing 1-2 to Argentina at the final.
He also captained the Nigeria U23 team that won silver at the Olympic football competition in Beijing in 2008, again narrowly losing 0-1 to a star-studded Argentina side.
Promise, who would have clocked thirty-two on December 2, last played for Austin Bold FC in the USL Championship.