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Nigeria's Adefemi killed in car crash

Olubayo Adefemi representing Nigeria against France in an international friendly match in St Etienne in June 2009.
Olubayo Adefemi representing Nigeria against France in an international friendly match in St Etienne in June 2009.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Nigerian international Olubayo Adefemi killed in a car accident in Greece
  • The 25-year-old Greek Super League player was returning to Nigeria to finalize wedding plans
  • Defender represented his country five times, appearing at 2008 Beijing Olympics

(CNN) -- Nigeria international defender Olubayo Adefemi has been killed in a road accident according to police in the Greek city of Kavala.

Kavala police say Adefemi lost control of his car on the Engatia Highway on the outskirts of Kavala, in northern Greece early on Monday morning, colliding with the central reservation before landing in the opposing lane.

The 25-year-old, who played at right back for Skoda Xanthi in Greece's Super League, was on his way to Thessaloniki Airport to catch a flight back to Nigeria to finalize plans for his forthcoming marriage, his manager Miguel Riera said, AFP reported.

Police are continuing to investigate the exact causes of the crash.

We can only pray for a repose of his soul and that God should grant the family he has left behind and Nigeria's football family the fortitude to bear the huge loss
--Musa Amadu, Nigeria Football Federation
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Nigeria football officials said they were devastated to hear of the death of Adefemi, who represented his country on five occasions.

"We are in grief, total grief. This has come on a day that we should be celebrating the Flying Eagles' defeat of world champions Ghana at the African Youth Championship," said Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) acting general secretary, Musa Amadu, AFP reported.

"But at this stage, we can only pray for a repose of his soul and that God should grant the family he has left behind and Nigeria's football family the fortitude to bear the huge loss," Amadu added, AFP reported.

A statement issued by the Greek Super League also expressed its shock on hearing of the tragedy.

"The Super League and the entire Greek football family would like to express its deepest condolences and sympathy for the family of Olubayo Adefemi, who died tragically in a car accident," a statement by the Super League said, AFP reported.

Adefemi represented Nigeria at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when they were runners up to winners, Argentina.

He joined Skoda Xanthi last summer, scoring two goals in his 24 appearances.