Former German basketball player Ademola Okulaja, who played for many Endesa League teams throughout his career, including FC Barcelona, ​​passed away. 46 years oldAs approved by the German Basketball Federation.

“We were devastated and could not believe Ademola’s death. Our thoughts are now with his family, to whom we wish strength. Ademola was as great an actor as he was human.. I personally lost a very good friend in basketball and I will miss him very much. We will always remember Ademola with love, who struggled, never gave up, and left everything on the field. Rest in peace,” DMM chief Ingo Weiss said on the agency’s website.

Of Nigerian descent, Okulaja was one of the most outstanding basketball players in his country between the end of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century. He made 172 international appearances for the German team and played alongside the star. Dirk Nowitzky and won the bronze medal 2002 World Cup from Indianapolis.

In addition to this, he had an extensive career in Spanish basketball playing a leading role as he played in several clubs. Between 2000 and 2004, he played in Girona in two stages with FC Barcelona and Unicaja. Etosa Alicante.

“We are very sorry to hear of the death of Ademola Okulaja, who played for our team last season. 2001-2002 and he was a German basketball legend”, pointed out the Blaugrana club.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ademola Okulaja, who defended our jersey throughout the season for Unicaja Basketball. 2002/03. DEP” said Unicaja, Valencia Basket also joined “in pain” for this loss. “Ademola was part of our club this season. 2004-05is in more than just an outstanding career in the basketball world. It’s a great encouragement to all of his family and friends.”

“Ademola Okulaja passed away at the age of 46. Acb wishes to send his best wishes. condolence family and friends,” wrote the Association of Basketball Clubs.

The coach also showed his regret Tryphon Poch, First person to have in ACB. “The news of Ademola Okulaja’s death shocked me. I brought him to the ACB in Girona. tremendous positive energy. A great competitor. Fun. 20-10 for each game. A tremendous impact on our team and his departure. How sad. Lots of love to everyone who loves him,” he stressed.