Ex-Golden Eaglets Player, Philip Osondu Is Dead
By Iheme Kelechi 2 months ago
File Photo: (Late Philip Osondu)
The under-17 Golden Eaglets will never forget their exploits in Canada 1987. The story of that football outing and exploits will never be complete without mentioning the likes of Philip Osondu, who was the star boy of Nigerian team.
48-year-old Philip Osondu, reportedly died in a Belgium hospital that he drove himself to for routine medical screening on Thursday but never made it back home.
According to the Nation, Philip was said to have sick and uncomfortable at work and he decided to drive down to the hospital where he subsequently died.
Philip Osondu was regular player who played for the Nigerian youth teams, but was unlucky not to feature for the first team.
Osondu was among the players that participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada, in 1987. Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the Soviet Union.
After the tournament, Osondu was given the World Cup Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.
He was born on 28th November, 1971. He played in Belgium for RSC Anderlecht and RWDM, among other Belgian teams.
He also played in Nigeria for El Kanemi Warriors, before RSC Anderlecht brought him to Belgium in 1988. Philip was an attacker seen as an emerging football talent and was transferred to Anderlecht which at that time was a promising teamRelated: Burna Boy Grief Stricken Over Kobe Bryant's Death, Pays Ode To Fallen Star And Daughter And Reveals Love For Basketball
However, there was lot of other good players at the club that made it very competitive at Anderlecht. Players like Luc Nilis, Luis Oliveira, Marc Van Der Linden and Gert Verheyen made Osondu appear barely at games as he became a regular bench warmer. Later in 1990 and 1992, he was loaned to a neighboring club RWDM.
When RWDM got Osondu, coach Hugo Broos gave him more playing opportunities. For the first time in the First Division, he also found the back of the goal. Osondu scored his first goal in a 4-1 win over Beerschot VAV. A year later Broos left for Club Brugge and was succeeded by Ladislav Novák. This led to fewer opportunities to play for Osondu, and in the summer, he returned back to Anderlecht.
In 1994, Osondu moved to second division club La Louviere, where the small and technically gifted striker scored five times in twenty matches. A season later he swapped La Louvière during the winter break for Union Saint Gillis, where he completed the rest of the season. Afterwards he played several years for Diegem Sport and FC Merchtem 2000.
Osondu, who was regarded in his own country as a great talent and also received high praise as a youth international, could never fulfill his potential in Belgium.