The football community woke up on the first day of October 2019 and got the shocking news of the sudden death of ISAAC PROMISE that died in the morning of 1st October 2019 in his apartment at the USA. He was born in 2nd December 1987 at Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria, West Africa.
A former Nigerian international footballer who captained Nigeria Flying Eagles at the U20 FIFA World Cup at Netherland and lost to Argentina’s U20 team inspired by Lionel Messi which won by 2-1 at the grand finale of the tournament. In 2008 he also captained Nigeria U23 team, the Dream Team IV which also lost to Argentina’s U23 team at the finals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He had 3 caps for Nigeria Senior National football team the Super Eagles and scored a goal.
ISAAC PROMISE had a professional football career spanning 14 years; he played for several clubs in Nigeria, Europe, Asia and USA. In Turkey, he played for several clubs namely Genclerbirligi, Trabzonspor, Manisaspor, Atalyaspor etc. He left Turkey and played in Saudi Arabia for Al-Ahli a year before moving to the USA and joined GA Revolution before joining Austin Bold until the time of his sudden death, He also scored many goals totaling 77 for the clubs he played.
A silver medallist in 2005 at FIFAU20 World Cup in Netherland, he also won a silver medal at Beijing Olympics in men football tournament.
WHAT SHALL HE BE REMEMBERED FOR?
ISAAC PROMISE was a good leader, the coaches he played under their watchful eyes as a junior international, saw the qualities in him, humility and the ability to learn and also the leadership quality and this made them to appoint him the captain of the various Nigeria National teams namely Flying Eagles and the Olympic Dream Team IV he played in.
A TEAM LEADER
It takes a lot to be a team leader, the ability to control the team on and off the field and inside the dressing rooms. And also to be able to convey the message from the technical crew of the team across to the team. These he was able to do which brought serenity, peace and unity in the teams.
In all the clubs he played for none of the coaches or the management never labelled him a bad player all through his life on and off the field.
LEFT TO MOURN HIM
The members of his family, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Nigerians, the football community, his former clubs and Austin Bold and his former teammates, football fans, friends and well-wishers mourns this great humble down to earth footballer.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Lord. AMEN
Adieu ISAAC PROMISE.