Swiss Football League, has been thrown into mourning, while the Bosnian police have launched investigations to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of Karim Gazzetta, a former Swiss international footballer, said to have jumped to his death from a building early on Monday morning.
Expressing deep regret over the unfortunate incident, a spokesman for the League said, said in a statement: “The Swiss Football League mourns the loss of former U20 international Karim Gazzetta, who tragically passed away in Bosnia.
“Most recently, at the age of 27, he was under contract with the Bosnian league leaders Zrinjski Mostar. The SFL expresses its deepest condolences to the entire family and loved ones, especially his younger brother Luca, who made three appearances in the Challenge League for Servette FC in the 2017/18 season and is currently playing in the Promotion League for Stade Nyonnais.”
Daily Mail UK, reported how Gazzetta, 27, an attacking midfielder, who was playing for a local team in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Zrinjski at the time, was found lifeless outside of his home in Bosnia and Herzegovina in southeastern Europe.
Named one of Swiss most-promising young players having been capped four times for the under-20 national team in 2015, the career of the deceased reportedly later started to suffer from injuries that kept him off the field most times, and led to him being sold to Zrinjski, adding that his last appearance was in a cup game on October 19th, after sustaining another injury.
Despite silver S’Eagles receive same MON as Chukwu, Odegbami, others
Each of the 25 Super Eagles members that canvassed for fourth African Nations Cup in Ivory Coast, will now be wearing the national honours of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), the same award, which was given by the first set that won the trophy in 1980 among whom were Mathematical Segun Odegbami, who scored a brace in the finals against Algeria and Chairman Christian Chukwu, the captain of the team.
The conferment of the prestigious award, was announced by President Bola Tinubu, who hosted the team members, despite their coming second with silver medal behind Elephants of Cote D’Ivoire, who won the gold on Sunday at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in Abidjan, in appreciation of their performance at the tournament.
In addition to the award, each of them a plot of land in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, as well as a flat with the location yet to be announced, courtesy of the same Federal Government, which all but greeted the team as patriots, who worked hard to bring unity to the country.
Extolling the players, Tinubu, who expressed pride in the team, acknowledging their role in fostering unity within the country through their remarkable performance, despite not winning the main trophy, encouraged them to hold their heads high and maintain their team spirit.
Replying on behalf of the team, Troost Ekong, the team’s assistant captain and recipient of the 2023 CAF AFCON Most Valuable Player, expressed gratitude to the President for the largesse, expressing a desire to present a trophy rather than silver medals.
AFCON: Nigerians ungrateful, we stand by you, Iwobi – Okocha
Sensational footballer, and retired Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, is solidly standing by Alex Iwobi, Nigerian international and Fulham midfielder, who has been the butt of most of the trolling for the supposed underwhelming performance by the team against the Elephants of Ivory Coast in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals on Sunday.
Iwobi, who was fingered as one of the main problems in the Eagles’ lineup that cost Nigeria their fourth AFCON chase, after winning three times – 1980, 1994 and 2023, was the subject of intense tongulashing by Nigerians, such that he had to wipe out the entire posting on his Instagram and other social media, in response.
Ahmed Musa, had begun a pushback against the onslaught, when he wrote on his X platform: “Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi. Cyber bullying is not just a violation of decency but also a serious crime. It’s hypocritical to claim that football unites us while engaging in such behaviour.”
Echoing the sentiment, Okocha took to his own page to write: ‘’I pray for my country Nigeria and the people that can only hate and see nothing good in others, when effort counts for nothing, treat people the way you want them to treat you, all we have is this life is each other, we love you @alexanderiwobi and we keep going no matter what they say, the lord is good all the time and we trust that his will be done in our lives amen.”
AFCON: Leave Iwobi alone, football is a team game, Musa chides Nigerians
There is no sense in believing that football is a unifying factor and still be targeting a particular individual when things go awry, Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, said on Tuesday, as he pushed back against Nigerians lashing out at Alex Iwobi, Nigerian international on his alleged poor performance in last Sunday’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Cote D’Ivoire.
Iwobi, former Arsenal, Everton and now Fulham midfielder, said to be considering calling it quits with the Super Eagles, in response to the heavy trolling by football fans who believe he contributed to the loss, deleted all the contents on his Instagram page on Monday, indicating his anger over the negative attitude.
But Musa, who did not feature in any of the six matches, though the current captain of the team, went frontal against the trolls, calling on Nigerians to show genuine love and support for the players, who he said had given their all representing their fatherland.
He wrote: “Dear fans, I want to please urge you to halt the cyber-bullying directed towards Alex Iwobi. Cyber bullying is not just a violation of decency but also a serious crime. It’s hypocritical to claim that football unites us while engaging in such behaviour,” Musa wrote on his official X (formerly Twitter) account.
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