Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, has felicitated with former Nigerian international goalkeeper, Emmanuel Okala, on his 72nd birthday. Okala, popularly clocked 72 on Wednesday, May 17, 2023.
“Emmanuel Okala is truly a rare gem in the game of football. He contributed a lot to the growth of the game, during his active days,” Dare said.
Okala was a prominent and towering figure in goal for the Nigerian men’s national football team, called the Green Eagles in the 70s and 80s.
He was part of the African Cup of Nations winning team of 1980.
“It is a time to celebrate our hero, whose formidable track, left for other footballers to follow, is still intact.
“As Emmanuel Okala celebrates this day, I wish him the very best in all his desires. I join millions of Nigerians to celebrate one of the best goalkeepers that Africa has ever produced,” Dare said.