Chibueze dies aged 23
by di-ve sports
Sunday, 28th January 2007
NIGERIAN and Mqabba striker Ikechukwu Chibueze, one of the most lethal strikers in Malta surprisingly passed away Saturday evening at the young age of 23.
Chibueze was found dead in his bathroom; presumably he died from a heart-attack.
The player was married to Denise, a Maltese from Marsa. They had been married for four years and she frequently saw him perform for his clubs.
The player's funeral will be held at his home town in Nigeria, something that his parents asked for, and were given the go-ahead by his wife.
Chibueze has been playing in Malta since 2002, first as an amateur when he joined Zebbug Rovers and then turning semi-professional for Mqabba in Division 1.
In season 2004/05, he moved to Mosta, helping them win promotion to the Premier League. In his first season in the Premier League, he scored 12 goals in 23 matches.
This year, Chibueze scored seven goals this season in the First Division League, while scoring a brace against Senglea was one the highlights as Mqabba went straight back to the top of the First Division.
His club Mqabba will surely miss him in their quest to win promotion to the Premier League.
The players dream was to play in the Premier League again, hopefully with Mqabba, the side who always stood by him and brought him over to Malta.
There were several other clubs courting the young Mqabba striker as his ball control and change of speed made him one of the best strikers in Malta.
23 dies of heart attack.
I know his wife. Just last week she was telling me about his daily regime, how health conscious he is and so on....