Samuel Kuchili, a former player of the Golden Eaglets, Nigeria’s U-17 team, has died. He was an attacking midfielder and played under coach Fanny Amun in 1997. Until his death, he was the Technical Consultant of Mighty Jets FC of Jos, a Nigeria National League outfit. The club’s Media Officer, Ferdinand Mbum, said in Jos that Kuchili died in hospital during a brief sickness. “He started playing for Plateau United as a teenager in the mid-1990s and went on to captain the team for several years. “He also had stints with Adamawa United and Wikki Tourists of Bauchi,’’ Mbum said in a statement. The club’s Chairman, Alex Wukari, said Kuchili’s death was a rude shock to the players, staff and management of the soccer outfit. Wukari on behalf of players, officials and management condoled with the immediate and extended family of the deceased. He prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss and urged them to look onto God who alone knows why he called Kuchili to his bossom. “God knows better as he alone decides when to give and when to take,’’ he added. Ismaila Mabo, the President of the club, alongside the board of founders, said that they were in a deep shock following Kuchili’s demise.