By Pamela Eboh, Awka
Rev. Fr Uche Ukor, a Catholic priest with Onitsha Archdiocese on Wednesday slumped and died during a novelty match.
The priest before his demise was also the Director of the diocese’s media arm, publishers of Trinitas Newspaper.
It was gathered that the match which was held in Asaba, Delta State was between priests of Onitsha diocese and Issele Uku dioceseof the Catholic church.
A source within the Onitsha diocese church who spoke to our correspondent confirmed Fr Ukor’s death, saying, “he slumped on the pitch, breathing his last almost immediately.”
“He wasn’t even playing. He was their coach. I’ve been in shock since a mutual friend called me last night to inform me of his demise.”
It was however learnt that the priest had been battling with high Blood Pressure issues lately.
He was also said to have been in high spirits on Wednesday afternoon when he left Onitsha for Asaba to participate in the football match.
According to a reporter with Trinitas, Mr John Anulumadu, he said that he spoke to Ukor before he left for Asaba and even after his arrival to the neighbouring state, and there was no sign that he was very ill, talk more of being close to dying.
He added, “It’s hard to believe Rev Fr. Ukoh is gone. I have devaated since I heard the news, very sad but we can’t question God.”
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