The funeral of Isaac Promise, former Flying Eagles Captain, has taken place in the South-Eastern town of Umudim, Ohekelem, Imo State.
Promise, 31, died of a suspected heart attack in October 2019 in the United States, according to American second-tier side Austin Bold.
Clad in black, the family gathered three months after his death to attend the burial ceremony.
Despite representing his country at all youth levels, he was buried at a low-key ceremony with no representation from top Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials.
“We sent out the programme in December, but there was no representative from the football community,” a family member told Opera News.
“Imagine a former captain of Nigeria and there was no NFF representatives among the audience, and not even a Former Teammate.
“This is another lesson for Nigerian footballers, you are only important when you are actively involved in the game because no one cares after your career is over.”
Promise is survived by his wife, Kate and three children.
Captain of the Nigerian side that won silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he represented Nigeria at the under-17, under-20 and under-23 categories.
He scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Egypt in the final to help Nigeria attain continental success at the 2005 African U-20 championship in Benin Republic.
A product of Grays International school in Kaduna, he also helped Nigeria to a runners up finish at the FIFA U-20 World Cup later that year.
He spent much of his career in Turkey, with Trabzonspor, Manisaspor and Antalyaspor among his former clubs, and also had a brief spell in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ahli.
Promise was posthumously voted Forward of the Year by fans of American USL side Austin Bold in late November.
Theatre of unrealised dreams: At 16, Isaac Promise had a trial at Manchester United, along with fellow Nigerian, John Mikel Obi, but he was not successful.
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