- NNL vice-president Hon. Abdulkadir Magaji has died at the age of 52
- Nigeria National League is the second tier of club football in Nigeria
- Magaji was a two-time Member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly
The Nigeria Football Federation has announced the passing away for the Vice Chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Hon. Abdulkadir Magaji at the age of 52.
Magaji, also Chairman of the Kaduna State Football Association reportedly died in a Lagos hospital on Tuesday morning after a battle with cancer.
Magaji was reported to have attended the 72nd General Assembly of the NFF that took place on 18th December 2016, where the new board of the NNL was inaugurated.
A graduate of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Magaji was a two –time Member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, and was also a two –time Special Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor on sports.
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He played a key role in Kaduna hosting several matches of the various National Teams in the past few years, including the Super Eagles’ home games against Chad and Egypt in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying race.
The late Magaji was a member of the NFF Match Commissioners’ Appointment Committee before he was announced as the independent vice chairman of the NNL in October 2016. He is survived by his father, wife and three children.
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, mourned the passing of the energetic administrator confirmed to thenff.com that the remains of the late Magaji would be flown from Lagos to Kaduna buried in Shika, Zaria on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, an NFF delegation led by the 2nd Vice President/LMC Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko will pay a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.