Nigeria Professional Football League side Heartland FC held a commemorative ceremony on Wednesday to remember ex-players and officials of the club who lost their lives in the ill-fated Oriental Airlines crash 25 years ago.
While recounting what happened on September 18, 1994, Heartland’s Director of Communication Solomon Onu said it remains one of the saddest days in the history of the Naze Millionaires.
“The ill-fated flight of September 18, 1994, had players and officials of the then Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now Heartland of Owerri) who were in a quest for continental honours,” Onu explained in a statement sent to Goal
“The Nigerian champions, Iwuanyanwu Nationale were returning from Tunisia where they had lost 3-0 to Esperance in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Champions (now Caf Champions League).”
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