Who was Sam Oji?
Former Birmingham City defender Sam Oji dies aged 35
Former Birmingham City defender Sam Oji has died at the age of 35, his club announced on Saturday.
The footballer, who started his career as an Arsenal youth player, also featured for Doncaster Rovers, Bristol Rovers and Leyton Orient and in July became assistant manager of Highgate United.
In a statement on Saturday, the club said: “It is with a very heavy heart that I am deeply saddened to inform you that our beloved Captain, Leader, and Legend Samuel Oji has sadly passed away.
How did Sam Oji die?
Highgate United released a statement on social media on Friday saying Mr Oji was “extremely ill” but was “still fighting like the warrior that he is”.
Birmingham City FC also paid tribute to their former player, tweeting: “The Club is devastated to hear of the passing of former player Sam Oji, aged 35. The thoughts of everyone at #BCFC are with Sam’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
Sam Oji Biography, Wiki
Sam Oji was born in Westminster, London. He is a cousin of UK soul singer Lemar. He began his football career as a youth player at Arsenal.
Sam Oji played in the Football League for Doncaster Rovers, Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient, and Hereford United, and in the Swedish Superettan for Ljungskile SK before knee injuries were kept him out of football for two years.
He resumed his career with Tamworth of the Conference Premier. He then played in the League of Ireland for Limerick and Galway United and in non-league football for Worcester City and Hednesford Town. Oji joined Highgate United in 2018 and was appointed assistant manager of that club in July 2021.
|Full name||Samuel Udoka Oji|
|Date of birth||9 October 1985|
|Place of birth||Westminster, England|
|Date of death||28 August 2021 (aged 35)|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|2005–2006||→ Doncaster Rovers (loan)||4||(0)|
|2007||→ Bristol Rovers (loan)||5||(0)|
|2007||→ Leyton Orient (loan)||2||(0)|
Sam Oji Career
Sam Oji played in the Football League for Doncaster Rovers, Bristol Rovers, Leyton Orient and Hereford United, and in the Swedish Superettan for Ljungskile SK before knee injuries were kept him out of football for two years. He resumed his career with Tamworth of the Conference Premier.
He then played in the League of Ireland for Limerick and Galway United, and in non-league football for Worcester City and Hednesford Town, before joining Highgate United in 2018.
Worcester City signed Sam Oji ahead of the opening fixture of the 2016–17 National League North season. The following summer he moved to Northern Premier League Premier Division club Hednesford Town. He made 41 appearances over the season, of which 38 were in league competition, before signing for Highgate United of the Midland League Premier Division in July 2018.
Sam Oji signed for League of Ireland club Limerick on 26 August 2013 and made his debut for the club in a 2–0 away defeat to Sligo Rovers.
In December 2011, Oji signed for Conference Premier club Tamworth. He made his debut as a second-half substitute in the first match of 2012, a 2–2 draw at home to Alfreton Town. He was sent off for two bookable offences in a league match against Fleetwood Town on 4 February 2012.
In March 2009 Sam Oji joined Ljungskile SK of the Superettan (Swedish second division) after a successful trial. He played only six league games for Ljungskile before leaving in June.
In August, Oji had a trial with Tranmere Rovers, but cruciate ligament injuries suffered while on trials with Turkish Süper Lig side Diyarbakirspor and with Leyton Orient kept him out of football for two years.
With six months remaining on his contract, Oji left Birmingham by mutual consent on 8 January 2008 and joined Leyton Orient until the end of the 2007–08 season. He was released by Orient at the end of the season.
Sam Oji signed for League One club Hereford United on 7 August 2008. After five games for the club he suffered a knee injury which kept him out of training for four months; he never regained his first-team place and at the end of his short-term contract, in February 2009, he was released.
A year later he joined Bristol Rovers on a month’s loan, later extended to two months. In the summer of 2007 he had a trial with Southend United, then in August signed for Leyton Orient on a month’s loan, later extended to three months.
In February 2006 he made his only first-team appearance for Birmingham, as a late substitute in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Reading.
Oji signed a full-time contract with Birmingham City for the start of the 2004–05 season. In 2005–06 he spent six weeks on loan at Doncaster Rovers, for whom he made his debut in the Football League as a second-half substitute against Gillingham.
Samuel Udoka Oji (born 9 October 1985) is an English semi-professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Midland League Premier Division club Highgate United.
Who was Sam Oji?
Sam Oji, 9 October 1985 – 28 August 2021 was an English professional footballer who played as a centre-back.
When did Sam Oji die?
Sam Oji died on 28th August 2021.
What is Sam Oji’s net worth?
$1 – $5 Million.
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