Ex-Eagles striker, Thompson Usiyan dies in California
Former Green Eagles striker, Thompson Usiyan is dead.
He died yesterday in his Lamest, Redonda Beach home, California, United States at the age of 65
He was born April 27, 1956 in Effurun, Delta State.
Ex-international, Felix Owolabi, has described the demise of his former national teammate Thompson Usiyan as painful and sad.
Both played together in the Green Eagles in the late 70s.
“Just two weeks ago we lost Segun Adeleke, also in America, and now it is Usiyan. I pray God will grant his family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” Owolabi said.
“Usiyan was a delight to watch in the attack. One cannot forget his contributions in a hurry. His departure for the US at that time created a big vacuum in the team.
“If not for the ingenuity of coach Father Tiko that converted Segun Odegbami into a striker, we would have found it difficult to win the Nations Cup in 1980,” he said.