Former  Nigerian International and Golden Eaglets forward, Philip Osondu, on Thursday died in Belgium

According to reports from a reliable source, Osondu who visited the hospital for treatment as a result of his ill state of health, died on his way to the hospital, on Thursday.

Osondu, 48, who played formerly for Nigeria as a youth player, was consistent but never reached the first team.

The former El-Kanemi warrior player was part of Nigeria squad that participated at the U-16 World Cup in Canada in 1987.

In the tournament, Nigeria reached the final, but lost on penalties to the Soviet Union. Osondu emerged as the best player of the tournament and got the World Cup Golden Ball.

Osondu, a flying Eagles player who took part in the U-20 World Cup in Saudi Arabia 1989 played a major role in the tournament.

Talented Osondu, who was held in high esteem and also received accolades as a youth international, did not fulfil his potential in Belgium.

Osondu while plying his trade abroad also, played with Anderlecht but failed to break into the first eleven under coach Aad de Mos.

In his youth career, Osondu played for  El Kanemi Warriors from 1988 to 1989

Below are the clubs he played for during his Senior career:

1989–1996 RSC Anderlecht
1990–1992 RWDM
1994–1995 La Louvière
1996 Union Saint Gillis
1999–2002 Diegem Sport
2003–2004 FC Merchtem 2000

Source: The Cable