NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode, Imo State F.A boss, Amanze Uchegbulam and Anambra State F.A Interim Chairman, Emeka Okeke, NWFL Club Owners chairperson, Matilda Otuene on Thursday led hundreds of friends, family members, colleagues, well wishers and Nigerian women football community to pay last respect to late board member of the NWFL, Henrietta Ukaigwe, who was finally laid to rest at her hometown, Abba, Nwangele Local Government Area, in Imo state.
At a well attended funeral mass and interment service held at the SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Umuduruma, Abba, Nwangele LGA of Imo state.
Tributes, eulogies and tears flowed freely for Henrietta Ukaigwe, who until her death, was a board member of the Nigeria Women Football League.
Henrietta, the life president of the Female Football Interest Group (FFIG) died on the 14th day of July 2020 after a brief illness at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
Speaking at the service, the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer of the Aiteo Cup, Dr. Ayo Abdulrahman, described the late Ukaigwe as a symbol of greatness in women’s football and someone who had deep passion for football and sports in general.
Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, who was represented by board member of the NWFL, Mr. Joe Amene, prayed for the family of the deceased, urging them to take comfort in God.
” Henrietta was a true reformer, committed to the course with such uncommon passion and dedication to the development of women’s football in Nigeria and beyond. I urge her family to remain strong and continue to believe in what she stands for even after death.
Among other dignitaries present at the service were Chairperson of the NWFL Club Owners, Matilda Otuene Onyiloha, Chairperson of Nasarawa Amazons, Hajia Husseina Suleiman, Heartland Queens Chairperson, Tessy Nwoke, Abia Angels Chairman, Roland Gbaruko, Technical Director of Royal Queens of Warri, Elder Eddington Kujebola, Technical Director of Edo Queens FC, Rollandson Odeh, the trio of legendary Super Falcons players Maureen Madu, Stella Mbachu and Rita Nwadike, Head coaches of NWFL Premiership sides, Rivers Angels Edwin Okon, Nasarawa Amazons Christopher Danjuma, Heartland Queens, Eucharia Uche, Royal Queens, Abia Angels and Anambra Queens among others .