Enyimba star Daniel Etor on Monday, November 14, proposed to his long-time girlfriend Simi Silas on the pitch, Africanfootball.com reports.
The Nigeria Under 23 midfielder made the proposal after a memorial match which he organised for the one year anniversary of the death of his father.
Recall that Etor was with the Dream Team VI in Congo last year during the African Games when his dad, Daniel Essien Etor gave up the ghost at 79 years and the news of his death was kept from him until he returned back to the country.
But after the memorial game in honour of his father, the Nigeria U-23 star brought out his girlfriend Simi to the centre of the pitch at the Area 3 Sports Complex in Abuja.
He immediately went down on his knees and brought out a ring saying the four words; “Will you marry me,” in the presence of his teammates – Chinedu Udoji, Emmanuel Anyanwu, Razak Aliyu, Moses Ocheje, Kelly Kester, amongst other friends who were on hand to experience the moment.
Simi, an Ahmadu Bello University graduate, shared a photo from the proposal on her social media with the caption “I said yes, I love him. I am so happy, I don’t even know what to say.”
Speaking to the press after the proposal, Etor praised his fiancée for being his support from ‘day one’.
He said: “She has been my support from day one, my backbone.
“She understands me and prays for me.
“I proposed on the day I remembered the first year of my father’s death. It was something I needed to do.”
Silas, 25, recently won a beauty pageant competition called Queen of Unity Beauty Pageant.
Etor is the second Nigerian player to have proposed on the football pitch after Israeli-based Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu.
The Hapoel Be'er Sheva of Israel midfielder celebrated his side's 5-2 home win against Maccabi Petah Tikva at the Arthur Vesermil Stadium on Saturday, October 3, by bringing out his girlfriend, Adaolisa for a surprise proposal.