Nigerian born English player and Tottenham’s U-23 team coach Ugochukwu Ehiogu collapsed yesterday after he suffered cardiac arrest in training.
Nigeria lost the chance to have Ehiogu play for the Super Eagles in his active days.
He was a powerful defender while featuring for English clubs like Middlesbrough, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Scottish Premier League side Rangers.
He also played for West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Sheffield United, as well as a spell in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers.
Ehiogu was capped by England at the senior level four times and he scored one goal. In 2012, he came out of brief retirement by signing for non-league side Wembley to participate in the club’s FA Cup games alongside other retired veteran players.
The 44-year-old Ehiogu, who has been on the coaching staff at Spurs since 2014, was taken to hospital after falling ill at the Premier League club’s Enfield training centre earlier yesterday.
Tottenham confirmed the news on their Twitter account. They added: “Our Under-23’s coach received immediate treatment on site from our medical staff before being transferred to hospital by ambulance.”
“Everyone at the club sends their best wishes to Ugo and his family. We shall continue to provide updates when we have further information.”