Brazillian player signed by a Nigerian second division club dies of malaria after he arrived Nigeria

A Brazilian football player, Luiz Henrique Farias has reportedly passed on after he contracted malaria in Nigeria, barely one month he signed with a Nigerian second division club.

According to local news media from Brazil, Luiz Henrique Farias who was a right back died on Tuesday at the age of 32 at his home town, Recife in Brazil.

He was signed during the summer transfer window by Vendrezzer FC, Lagos based second division club plying its trade in Nigeria National League, the second tier of club football in the country.

He arrived in December 2020 but his stay was cut short after he contracted Malaria which forced him to return to Brazil in January 2021 to seek medical treatment.

Luiz Henrique Farias in Vendrezzer FC
Luiz Henrique Farias in Vendrezzer FC

He was admitted to a hospital in Bahia and treated with suspicion of Covid-19 before he was eventually diagnosed with malaria. He died on Tuesday morning.

His former club, Fluminense released a note communicating the death of his former athlete and regretted the loss. “We can only thank and fondly remember the player’s commitment”.

He spent 4 illustrious year with Fluminense before his move to Nigeria. It was reported he didn’t want to return to Nigeria but negotiated for a return to his former club before he died of malaria.

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