Daniel Brothers Brave Sister’s Death To Help Crown FC

It is usually a rare story to hear that brothers or siblings score for same team, in same match and on same day.
This happened in the Glo Premier League at the weekend and was not just that the brothers scored for their team, they braved the odds to accomplish this feat in the midst of a family tragedy that occurred through the death of their sister.
Certainly Tunde and Bode Daniel of Crown FC have shown that they are no ordinary gladiators in Nigeria’s elite football league but also brave men.
Crown FC’s 2-0 win over Sharks FC in the Match Day 24 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan may be remembered as the point the Ajilete Warriors turned the corner if they survive relegation at the end of the on-going season.
However, the match will always remain fresh in the memories of the Daniel brothers as they scored both goals that gave the Ogbomosho-based side the vital maximum points in the quest to retain their Glo Premier League status.
Tunde was the first to lift his club when he rose highest to head home a Waheed Bello free kick on the 15th minute while his brother, Bode scored a beautiful solo effort on the 86th minute to put the game beyond the visiting team.
According to Bode Daniel, who was the stand-in captain for the game, it was the first time both players scored for the same team in the same match having been teammates for several grassroot teams as well as at Sunshine Stars and now at Crown FC.
“We were very happy about the goals, it is a good thing for us and our family are very proud of us. Neighbours in Ogbomosho also flocked our family house when the news got to town that we scored the goals that gave the club victory. We’ve been teammates at different times in our careers but this is the first time we’ve both scored for our team in the same game,” Bode told lmc-ng.org.
However, the story would have been different as they could have missed the game having lost their sister, Kehinde, a day before the game.
“We were on the team bus on our way to Ibadan when Tunde received a call that our sister just passed away. We discussed this with the club management and they offered to let us return home on compassionate leave but Tunde insisted that we would play. He said the best way to honour her memory was to be involved in our hometown club’s survival battle in that crucial game and we can then leave to mourn after,” recounted Bode, who is the younger of the Daniel brothers at Crown.
Tunde Daniel’s decision proved to be inspirational as their goals (which was dedicated to their late sister) secured the needed three points.
The two brothers have since returned home to mourn the passing of their sister just as they hope to keep alive Crown’s status in the top flight.


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