By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
The family of the former Arsenal youth player, Samuel Oji has reported that he has died at the age of 35 after an illness.
Different clubs and personalities from around the football world have paid tributes to the City of Westminster born footballer.
His current club, Highgate United released a statement through a tweet, stating:
“All it is with a very heavy heart that I am deeply saddened to inform you, that our beloved Captain, Leader and Legend Samuel Oji has sadly passed away.
“The thoughts of all at Highgate United FC are with Sam’s wife, children and family at this very sad time. RIP Oji.”
Leyton Orient tweeted:
“We’re deeply saddened to learn the news that former player Sam Oji has passed away.
“Our thoughts are with Sam’s nearest and dearest in this difficult time. Rest in peace, Sam.”
Birmingham City tweeted : “The Club is devastated to hear of the passing of former player Sam Oji, aged 35.
” The thoughts of everyone at #BCFC are with Sam’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
Oji started his career with Arsenal academy before signing his first professional contract with Birmingham City in 2004.