A 46 years old, has passed away Ademola Okulaja, legendary player of the German national team and member of five ACB League teams, as reported by the German Twitter account Big Basketball in Deutschland. Until now The causes of his death are unknownalthough it was known that he was fighting cancer and in fact he retired from basketball in 2010 citing health problems.

Okulajaborn in Nigeria but with German nationality, came to play 172 caps for the German national team between 1995 and 2007, participating in the 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001 Eurobaskets and the 2002 World Championship in his country where he won bronze. In Germany he formed together with Dirk Nowitzki and Patrick Femmerling the backbone of the best team that has ever existed in this country.

At club level, Okulaja he played for European powers such as Alba, Benetton or Khimki, but his time in the ACB League is especially remembered. In the Spanish league he played a total of 148 games to finish with an average of 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. He played for five teams in six years: Casademont Girona (2000-01), Barcelona (2001-02), Unibox (2002-03), Casademont Girona (2003-04), Pamesa Valencia (2004-05) and Ethosa Alicante (2006-07).

After ending his time in the ACB, he returned to Germany to play with Brose Baskets and return to the Euroleague. In the first year of his contract, a tumor was detected in his spine and he spent the whole year blank. The following year, the illness caused his final withdrawal on July 12, 2010. Okulaja He continued to be linked to basketball, first as a coach and then as a player agent, among others, for the Germans Dennis Schröder and Daniel Theis.

Via Marca.com