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Madrid Council Honours Wilfred Agbonavbare

The Madrid City Council has approved the motion to name a Sports Center after former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Wilfred Agbonavbare. The motion moved by Councillor Paco Perez during Wednesday’s plenary session recommended renaming the Alberto Garcia Sports Center at Rua Reguera Tomateros after the late Agbonavbare.

That is far away from Nigeria, far away from Ogbe stadium where he plied his trade for NNB.Farther away from Edokpolor grammar school where he was picked up to join the national team as a form five student Wilfred ‘Willy’ Agbonavbare who died on 27th January 2015 at the age of 48 is a cult hero in Vallecas having played for Rayo Vallecano between 1990 and 1996. He was a member of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and also reached the round of 16 at the United States World Cup in the same year.

A prophet is rarely honored in his home town. This is a shame to Edokpolor grammar school, Edo Govts and Nigerian football federation. These are heroes and should be remembered and duly honoured. Sam Okwaraji, Rashidi Yekini

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