The President of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria has  expressed  its sadness over the death of former President of the AFN, Smart Akraka,  and former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.

Both personalities  died in the early hours of Wednesday.

Akraka, a former  international, was born on April 13, 1934, and was among the first set of Nigerian athletes who participated in the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, winning silver in the 4X110 yards relay alongside James Omagbemi, Thomas Obi and Victor Odofin.

He also competed in the Olympic Games in Rome in 1960, and was a sprinter with a Personal Best of 10.4secs set in the same year. The late Akraka was AFN president between 1993 and 1996.

In  a statement, the AFN President Solomon Ogba  bemoaned Akraka and Keshi’s death. Ogba said,  “This is a very sad period for the sports family in Nigeria. We were yet to get to terms with the untimely death of Keshi when the news of Akraka’s death hit us. This is a very bad period for the sports family.’’

The AFN boss added,  “He (Akraka)  gave his best to his fatherland as an athlete and sports administrator. His death is a big blow to the Athletics family. We pray that the Almighty God will give the family the courage to bear the loss of a great Nigerian.”