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Nigeria international, Isaac Promise is dead.

United States based football club, Austin Bold FC, confirmed this on its website on Thursday.

The reported that the former U-20 international died on Wednesday.

The club’s statement read “Austin Bold FC is heartbroken by the death of Promise Isaac who passed away on Wednesday night at the age of 31.

“An accomplished player, Isaac became the club’s 7th signing in history in August 2018 after spending the previous 12 seasons in the Turkish Süper Lig, TFF First League, and the Saudi Professional League.

“In that time, Isaac registered over 350 appearances and scored 79 goals.

“Originally from Zaria, Nigeria, Isaac is a full Nigerian international who has represented Nigeria U-20 in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, serving as captain and scoring once in six matches en route to the competition’s final.

“Isaac then earned a silver medal in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing with the Nigerian U-23 team, again serving as captain in four matches, including the gold medal match.

Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and teammates.

Rest in peace, Promise Isaac” the statement concluded.


Club career

As a promising youngster, Isaac went on trials with Nigerian second division side Grays International. Attracting attention from several big name football clubs in Europe, he went on trials with Manchester United alongside John Obi Mikel, but found the trials unsuccessful. After being linked with Dutch outfit Feyenoord Rotterdam he eventually signed for Turkcell Süper Lig club Genclerbirligi in a three-year deal in August 2005.

In the Turkcell Super League 2006-07 season, Isaac scored 12 goals. He more than doubled the number of his total goals for Gençlerbirliği. On 15 July 2008, Isaac agreed a 4-year deal with Trabzonspor.

With Trabzonspor, he scored two goals in 26 matches. Because of his average performance he was loaned out to Manisaspor for a year. Isaac played 27 matches and scored six goals. In the summer of 2010, Manisaspor signed a contract with Isaac. After scoring 11 goals in 30 matches with his now relegated club Manisaspor, he signed a 3-year contract with Antalyaspor.

In February 2015, he signed a six months deal with Balıkesirspor.

In August 2018, it was announced that Isaac would join United Soccer League expansion side Austin Bold for the 2019 season.

International career

Isaac was named as the captain of the Nigeria under-23 squad for the 2008 Summer Olympics, being held in China. On 13 August 2008 at Tianjin Olympic Center in Tianjin, Isaac scored Nigeria’s first goal against the United States in the preliminary stage, Nigeria went ahead to win the match by 2–1.

Nigeria won Group B in the preliminary stage, also beating Japan, and drawing with the Netherlands. They would beat Ivory Coast and Belgium in the knockout stage, before losing to Argentina, 1–0, in the Gold medal match, earning the Silver medal.

Isaac first appeared on the senior squad for Nigeria in 2009. He earned 3 caps, and scored one goal.

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