Former Nigerian footballer Philip Osondu dies at 48

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Philip Osondu Nigeria World Cup Golden Ball best player is dead. He died in Belgium after taking self to the hospital to be examined on Thursday. Philip Osondu played in his native Nigeria for El Kanemi Warriors when RSC Anderlecht bought him to Belgium in 1988. The attacker was seen as an emerging football talent and was transferred to Anderlecht that was a promising team. A year later, the 18-year-old striker made his debut at the highest level in an away match against Germinal Ekeren in 1989 playing under coach Aad de Mos. Between 1990 and 1992 the Nigerian was also loaned to neighbors RWDM.

Philip Osondu played regularly for the youth teams of Nigeria, but never reached the first team. In 1987 he participated in the World U-16 tournament in Canada. Nigeria reached the final, but then lost on penalties to the Soviet Union. Osondu got the World Cup Golden Ball as best player of the tournament.

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