The centre-back, who captained Enyimba to win the 2014 Federation Cup and 2015 Nigeria Professional Football League titles, passed away on Sunday after he was involved in a car crash.
He was on parade as Kano Pillars played out a 1-1 draw with the People’s Elephant at the Sani Abacha Stadium, and on his return to club after visiting his former teammates at Enyimba suffered the tragic fate. He is survived by his parents, wife and two little children.
His former teammate at Enyimba club, Anaemena Ifeanyi, has recounted Udoji’s last moments.
He wrote (sic): "I can’t explain it, Udoji called me dat he is coming to see me n d team, moments afta d match… We went n eat together in his car dem he brought me back to our hotel… He gave me d tins he brought for me … N told me He is going to see our doctor….i showed him d doctors room….
"N entered my room n slept off by den it was 9:38pm.. Little did I no it was my last time of seeing n being wit my brother….life is not fair…. Rest on bro… Chinedu Udoji… May God accept ur peaceful soul…. Amen…. Lesson to everyone dat is still breathing, we don’t own our lives..d time is short…"