The LaLiga Nigeria office has commiserated with Shooting Stars Sports Club over the death of their defender, Joseph Izu.
LaLiga Nigeria Country Manager, Mutiu Adepoju in a statement expressed shock and disappointment at the player's untimely death.
'I was shocked when I heard the news, it is sad that such a promising player was cut short in his prime.
“I already spoke to 3SC's general manager, Rasheed Balogun to offer our condolences and support during this difficult time,” Adepoju said.
“I pray that God gives his family the fortitude to bear this huge loss.”
Adepoju who was General Manager of Shooting Stars between 2008 and 2012 added that the LaLiga Nigeria office has reached out to the late player's family to offer them support.
Meanwhile, Rivers State Sport Commissioner, Boma Iyaye says the death of Shooting Stars defender, Joseph Izu ‘represents another dark chapter in the history Nigerian football’.
Iyaye has urged the 3SC family to show strength following the sad turn of events while urging security operatives to fish out the killers of Izu.
“The death of this vibrant young man, cut short at the prime of his career, represents yet another dark chapter in the history of Nigerian football.
“I have since sent my personal condolences to 3SC and on behalf of the sport fraternity in Rivers State, I also urge the Izu family to be strong in this period of great sadness.
“I am also using this medium to call on security operatives to embark on exhaustive investigations with a view of bringing the killers of the late Izu to book,” he said.
The late player joined 3SC in the 2013/14 season from Bayelsa United and had just completed his third season at the Oluyole Warriors.