Former Stationery Stores FC of Lagos defender, Ebitimi Collins, is dead. This news was gathered from associates who said Collins died after a brief illness.
Collins, who was fondly called `barbwire` for his hard-nosed style of play in his playing days, was a member of the golden years of the darling Lagos football club in the early 90’s.
He was a hard tackling and aggressive defender feared by strikers across the Nigerian football league.
“He was very aggressive. I remember playing with him when he came to Ilorin for trials with Kwara Utd and he was brutal with everybody”, said a friend.
“That was the first time I met him and we played All-Stars at the National Stadium for a while but he has a very good personality if you really get to know him.
“He has a good personality off-field”, said another fellow player.
“But he is “igbobi” on the field. Very aggressive and hard-tackling defender. Even in training, he would not mind taking away your legs”.
Fans and friends are writing farewell messages on the deceased Facebook page.
Don Kefe wrote, “RIP to a veteran and friend of the All Stars family. Only God knows where the bell will toll next, but we pray it’s far in between till very ripe ages.
“Barbwire sure deserve a solemn moment of respect and morning by the collective All Stars family and football fraternity. My condolence to his family and every one of us. God knows best”.