By Gabriel Ameh, The Sight News
The funeral of Isaac Promise, the former youth captain of Nigeria Under 23 has taken place in the south eastern town of Umudim, Ohekelem, Imo state.
According to report from American second-tier side Ausin Bold, Promise died of a suspected heart attack at the age of 31 in the early part of October in the United States.
Three months after his death, his family gathered all clad in black to attend his burial ceremony.
He was born and raised in Zaria, kaduna state were he began his football career with SAMBA boys before proceeding to Gray international school kaduna to further his football career.
Promise was the captain of the Nigerian side that won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he represented the West African Nation at the under -17, under 20 and under 23 categories respectively.
He scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Egypt in the final to help Nigeria to continental success at the 2005 African U-20 championship in Benin.
He spent much his career in Turkey with Trabzonspor, Manisaspor and Antalyaspor and also had a brief spell in Saudi Arabia with AL-anti.
Promise was posthumously voted forward of the year player by fans of American USL Austin Bold in late November.
Despite representing his country at all youth levels, he was buried in a low key ceremony with no representation from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials.
The Sight News correspondent spoke with Pastor Kingsley Promise, the elder brother to ISAAC in a phone conversation, and he confirmed that the NFF were not present at the burial ceremony.
He further stated that the family wrote officially to NFF two months before the burial, yet nobody from NFF honoured the captain’s death from the glass house.
“Imagine a former captain of Nigeria being laid to rest and there was no NFF or single team mates’ representation.
“This is a lesson for all Nigerian footballers, you are only relevant while been active both locally and internationally. No one cares after your career is over”, he said.
Promise is survived by his wife Kate, two boys and a girl along side his four brothers and two sister.