The three occupants of the car died on the spot according to information reaching Pulse Sports.

With the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season suspended due to the emerging cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, George and his friends were on their way to Lagos for a holiday after Enugu Rangers gave them 10 days off.

George’s death sent shock waves throughout Nigerian football as tributes flooded in.

The League Management Company (LMC) organisers of the NPFL in a statement on their website released that their chairman Shehu Dikko called Enugu Rangers’ team manager Amobi Ezueaku and coach Salisu Yusuf to extend his condolence message.

We sympathise with the club at this trying time and pray for the repose of his soul and wish the injured ones a speedy recovery”, Dikko is quoted to have said during the phono call.

Both players were involved in a fatal auto crash earlier on Sunday. Our prayers and thoughts are with their families and Rangers’ Mgt. May their souls Rest In Peace.”

Sad day for football. Again, the death of Ifeanyi George of Rangers International, Enugu in a ghastly motor accident concentrates the mind,” sports minister Sunday Dare wrote on Twitter.

A very painful death. Emmanuel Ogbu, a youth footballer died along with Ifeanyi May God console their families. I share in their grief.

“Sunday tragedy: Condolences to the families of the 2 other persons who died in the car accident along with Ifeanyi George: Eteka Gabriel and Emmanuel Ogbu. May the souls of the 3 of them Rest In Peace. Amen.

George played for Enyimba before he joined Rangers in 2016 to help them win their first league title in 20 years.

The late striker George also had the opportunity to represent Nigeria as he played for Yusuf’s home-based Super Eagles in both legs of their double-header African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier against Benin in August 2017.