Bayelsa mourns footballer drowned while saving flood victims

Written by on October 24, 2022

The corpse of footballer Earnest Peremobowei, who drowned at Yenebelebiri community in the Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has been recovered and deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa.

He was said to have sunk into the water after saving five other occupants of an ill-fated boat in which they were traveling to Yenebelebiri, which capsized after running into the Yenagoa jetty barge and lost control. The late 31-year-old was the joint top-scorer at this year’s Bayelsa Governor Football Tournament, also known as ‘Prosperity Cup’, netting nine goals during the competition.

Punch reports that organizers of the Prosperity Cup, led by its Director-General, Ono Akpe, have commiserated with the family of the late Peremobowei and described his demise as a sad tale for the football community in Bayelsa and Nigeria in general.


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