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Former Super Eagles player Bello Kofarmata is dead

Ex-Super Eagles and Kano Pillars striker, Bello Musa Kofarmata has died at the age of 34.

According to Oyo Sports News, the former player passed away  on Tuesday in Kano after a brief illness.

The deceased will be buried later today, Wednesday in accordance with Islamic customs. 

Kofarmata began his football career in 2007 with Kano’s Buffalo FC.

He left Kano Pillars in 2010 to join Heartland FC of Owerri, then switched to El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri in 2012.

He sealed a deal with IK Start of Norway, following a spate of trials with the team.

With Kano Pillars, Kofarmata won the Nigerian Premier League title for 2007-08, and with 11 goals, became the season’s top goal-scorer.

In August, 2008, Kofarmata was on trial at Austria’s LASK and played one friendly game. The forward returned from Europe to Pillars at the start of the 2008 season.

He joined Heartland in January 2010 for a fee of N5 million.

After two-and-half years, he left Heartland and signed for his lifelong club, Kano Pillars.

Kofarmata was part of Nigeria’s contingent to the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada. He made his Super Eagles debut in March, 2010, coming on as a substitute in the 5-2 friendly match win over DR Congo in Abuja.

Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor