Additional information is emerging in the shock death of Lobi Stars coach, Solomon Ogbeide on Monday, with feelers indicating that he slumped as a result of stress, fatigue and trauma, which caused a case of low blood pressure in his body.
Sources close to the Middle Belt club further disclosed that Ogbeide’s situation was aggravated by an incident last Thursday, when he and the team manager, Barnabas Imenger were reportedly abducted for several hours in Port-Harcourt by thugs.
It was gathered that the thugs had been hired by a former player of their Makurdi-based club, Alele Azu, who was said to be seeking payment of salary the 2019 CAF Champions League campaigners allegedly owed him.
The jocular Ogbeide, who had previously handled Sunshine Stars of Akure, Akwa United of Uyo, Warri Wolves of Delta State, Bayelsa United of Yenegoa and Sharks of Port Harcourt, was also said to have suffered accumulated symptoms from exertions in the continental campaign.
It got to a head on Monday, when Ogbeide reportedly slumped and died few hours to his team’s week 20 match against Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, amidst speculation of low blood pressure and trauma.
A report by Abuja-based Daily Trust newspaper stated further that the veteran coach had complained of body weakness and dizziness, after which he had been rushed to hospital, where he died hours later.
Ogbeide, who had a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education and many football coaching certificates, including the CAF A-Licence, was an apostle of 4-4-2 formation, with double six central defence pairing
At the time of Ogbeide’s appointment by the Makurdi club, they stated that his choice was based on based on merit, having considered his lofty, relevant and rich wealth of experience in Nigerian football.
A rain of encomiums quickly went out for Ogbeide, who was appointed by Lobi Stars in April 2017, and was also at a point the secretary-general of Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA).