Promise Isaac, who captained Nigeria 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.
His club, Austin Bold FC, on its Twitter handle paid homage on Thursday:
Austin Bold FC is heartbroken by the death of Isaac Promise, who passed away on Wednesday night.
Isaac Promise: 1987-2019
— Austin Bold FC (@AustinBoldFC) October 3, 2019
Promise was playing for the Austin Bold of the USL.
Police said authorities were called after a report of a deceased person at Isaac’s apartment building, but no further details have been provided.
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.
Isaac played for seven clubs in Turkey, appearing in more than 350 matches.
He spent a season in Saudi Arabia before signing with Austin Bold, where he had three goals in 20 matches this season.