Ahmed Musa, Super Eagles vice captain, has lost his mother, Sarah Moses.
Moses died on Thursday in a private hospital in Abuja after a brief illness.
Musa disclosed her passing on his Instagram page, saying: “What a sad day of my life… just lose my mum.”
The Al Nassr FC player is in Nigeria recuperating from an injury he sustained a couple of weeks ago.
The former Leicester player is expected to return to Al Nasser by the end of February.
A day before announcing the death of his mother, Musa had posted a message on Instagram, urging her to “get out of bed”.
“I am sure being tucked in bed is not the best thing you know to do,” the winger had written.
“All your children are waiting for you to get out of bed and say ‘I am back in action’. Get well soon Sweet Mum.”