Promise Isaac, who captained Nigeria’s Flying Eagles to the 2008 Olympic silver medal and scored 79 goals in 11 professional seasons in Turkey, died late Wednesday after collapsing at his apartment gym in Austin, Texas, authorities said. He was 31.
Isaac was playing for the Austin Bold of the USL and the team said Thursday that he died Wednesday night. Police said authorities were called after a report of a deceased person at Isaac’s apartment building but no further details were immediately available. Austin Bold owner Bobby Epstein said Isaac collapsed at the apartment gym and no foul play was suspected.
Isaac played for Nigeria at the 2005 World Youth Championship and captained the Under-23 national team that lost the 2008 Olympic final 1-0 to Lionel Messi and Argentina. He also appeared in three matches for Nigeria’s senior national team.