Diegwu Sports can authoritatively confirm that Nigerian footballer Ikeokwu Patrick has died after a brief illness on Saturday night.
The former FC Ifeanyi Ubah skipper who had been recovering from a major appendicitis surgery died after food poisoning on Friday night.
A source very close to the player confirmed this to DiegwuSports while narrating the circumstances surrounding his death.
‘Patrick ate beans with his close friend on Monday Evening and that same evening he complained of stomach pain and was rushed to the hospital. The next day He was discharged by the Doctor who could not see anything wrong with him after several tests were conducted. On Friday Patrick start complaining again and this time he was rushed to Ola Hospital where he died in the early hours of Saturday’ the source narrated to DiegwuSports
Patrick Ikeokwu captained FC Ifeanyi Ubah in the 2017 NPFL season and was a strong presence in the dressing room. Most of his teammates spoke highly of him. Alaekwe Chijioke who now plays for Kano Pillars described him as a leader who he will dearly miss.
“You were my leader, my brother, and my friend. I will miss you and my heart is broken. Rest In Peace” Alaekwe told DiegwuSports
Another of his Former teammate, Tamen Medrano was apparently in the dark about the death of the player until he was approached by DiegwuSports to comment on the demise of the player.
‘Honestly, I am in shock, I have not spoken to him for a while and I was not even aware he was ill. I am devastated because he had a promising career ahead of him’ said Medrano.
Patrick Ikeokwu started his career at Plateau United before joining Lobi Stars. After an impressive 2016 NPFL season with Lobi Stars, he signed for his hometown club FC Ifeanyi Ubah where he quickly became a fan favorite and was made club captain mid way through the 2017 season.
Unfortunately, he had a severe appendicitis rupture that led to a major operation in 2018. This eventually made the player to miss the entire 2018 season as he was recovery from the surgery.
Ikeokwu did not also feature in the 2019 season because he didn’t have a club after being released by FC Ifeanyi Ubah.