The death of Xanthi defensive midfielder Olubayo Adefemi shocked the local football establishment on Monday.

The 26-year-old Nigerian player was killed in a traffic accident on the Egnatia motorway in the early morning hours of Monday near the city of Kavala, in northeast Greece.

Adefemi had received permission from his team to travel to his homeland for his wedding. 

Before arriving in the Greek Super League, Adefemi had played for France's Boulogne before arriving in Xanthi.

He played in 24 matches for Skoda Xanthi in the 2010-2011, scoring two goals. Adefemi also had caps with the Nigerian national team, seeing action in Austria, Romania, as well as with three teams in Israel.

Condolences poured in from other teams in Greece, players, and the federation.