.NFF Mourns Him –
Former Stationery Stores of Lagos star and Nigerian international, Yomi Peters, died in Lagos on Wednesday at the age of 71.
Peters, who remained a loyal fan of Stores till his last day, died in the early hours of 26 November at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH after a battle with cancer.
Peters played for Mandilas, Metal Construction and Cadbury Football Clubs. He pitched his tent with the famous Stationery Stores FC and won the Federation Cup with the darling team of Lagos in 1968 and 1982.
He also played his part when the Lagos club reached the final of the now-defunct African Cup Winners Cup competition in 1981.
The late Peters was on Sunday honoured as a veteran of Federation Cup during the last cup final at Teslim Balogun Stadium, where he was represented by his wife.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has mourned the passing of Peters. NFF’s General Secretary, Barr. Musa Amadu on Thursday described the departed Peters, nicknamed Kwango by his team-mates and fans of Stationery Stores FC of Lagos, as “one of the most passionate footballers of his generation”.
Incidentally, Peters was one of the ‘Legends of the Federation Cup’ paraded at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere on Sunday by the Lagos State Government, as part of the Grand Finale of the 2014 Men and Women Federation Cup competitions. He was represented by his wife, as he was on hospital bed.
“We all remember Yomi Peters as a very committed player of Stationery Stores FC in those days; he was a lion of sorts whenever he was wearing the jersey. Football fans who are old enough can also testify to his utmost sense of dedication anytime he donned the National Team jersey.
“Only on Sunday, he was remembered and honoured by the Lagos State Government for his contribution to making the Federation Cup what it had become. We earnestly pray to God to grant him eternal rest and also grant the family he has left behind the fortitude to bear the loss”, Amadu said in Abuja.