Tributes are pouring in for former Super Falcons forward Ifeanyi Stephanie Chiejine who died on Wednesday, the 21st of August 2019 at the age of 36 after a brief illness.
Chiejine was part of the ‘Indomitable’ Bayelsa Queens side that won the Nigeria Women Premier League back to back in 2006 and 2007 and played an integral part in the Rollanson Odeh’s tutored side.
The Nigeria Women Football League announced the heartbreaking news on their twitter account on thursday morning .
“Everyone at the NWFL is devastated by the shocking news that former Bayelsa Queens forward Ifeanyi Chiejine is dead. Our thoughts are with all her family, friend and former teammates. She will remain forever in our heart.” Thenwfl.com wrote.
Also former teammates and fans have been paying tributes to Chiejine with heartfelt messages across social media after hearing about the sad news.
Former Super Falcons Captain Evelyn Nwabuoku who also played alongside Ifeanyi Chiejine at Bayelsa Queens wrote on her twitter account.
“So shocked hearing you are no more, what can I say than to thank God for the life you spent while here. You encouraged and influenced me positively. I pray God accepts your gentle soul. Rest in peace super talented legend, the most complete Nigerian player I was privileged to see play.”
Also Super Falcons legend, Mercy Akide Udoh, wrote on Facebook page: “Too soon to leave us, you are going to be missed. #RIP
Former Super Falcons midefielder Lillian Cole alsso wrote: “A wonderful player, superb teammate and an exceptional person, rest in peace.”
Top journalist Collin Udoh: ” I don’t know what to say, first Ajuma, now Ifeanyi. Lord rest her soul.” #RipIfeanyiChijiene
Her former coach at Bayelsa Queens Rollandson Odeh: “I am sad over the death of Ifeanyi, she was a talented player and one who was very disciplined. We shall miss her.”
Women football advocate Moses Bako: “It’s a sad news for us in Women’s football, we have lost a great personality. May her soul rest in peace.”
There will be a minute silence for Ifeanyi Chiejine before Saturday’s NWPL Champions shield game at the Samson Siasia Stadium. The league body have confirmed that both teams will remember the former Bayelsa Queens legend.