A former member of the Golden Eaglets, Samuel Kuchili is dead.
His death was announced by the management of Mighty Jets Football Club of Jos.
A statement by the club reads:
“On a sad note, the Management of Mighty Jets Football Club of Jos has announced the passing on of the Club’s Technical Consultant, Samuel Kuchili, who died in hospital yesterday (Monday) after a brief illness.
“The Chairman of the Club, Chief Alex Wukari described the death of Kuchili as a rude shock but said God knows better as he alone decides when to give and when to take.
According to the statement, Wukari on behalf of Players, Officials and Management of the Club condoled with the deceased’s immediate and extended family, and pray God gives them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Kuchili was a sleek-footed attacking midfielder, one the very best of his generation.
He started playing for Plateau United FC as a teenager in the mid-1990s and went on to Captain the Peace Boys for several years.
The deceased also had stints with Adamawa United and Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.
Kuchili was a member of the Nigeria National Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets in 1997 under Coach Fanny Amun.
His family is expected to announce his burial arrangements.