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Sam Oji played for the Arsenal youth team in 2000 and later signed for Birmingham FC and later worked as assistant manager at non-league outfit Highgate United, where he also played in the lower tier of English football. Prodigy

His death occurred in the wake of a long battle through illness. The former Highgate captain would be remembered for his exemplary leadership on the pitch during his heydays.

A Highgate United FC, spokesman reacted by saying that ‘it is with a very heavy heart that I am deeply saddened to inform you, that our beloved Captain, Leader and Legend Samuel Oji has sadly passed away; the thoughts of all at Highgate United FC are with Sam’s wife, children, and family at this very sad time. RIP Oji.’ 

It would be recalled that Sam played for several club sides on loan after leaving Arsenal Football Club and one of the club sides he played during his lifetime Birmingham Football Club paid tribute to the late player, tweeting: ‘The Club is devastated to hear of the passing of former player Sam Oji, aged 35. The thoughts of everyone at #BCFC are with Sam’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.’

Leyton Orient FC, one of the club sides he played for also wrote stating that: ‘We’re deeply saddened to learn the news that former player Sam Oji has passed away. Our thought is with Sam’s nearest and dearest in this difficult time. Rest in peace, Sam.’

We at La Fete deeply share our condolences with the deceased family and encourage them to stay strong in this difficult moment of grief. 

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