Shooting Stars Sports Club on Sunday sent warm greetings t former Super Eagles’ manager, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde who clocked 79. Co-incidentally, he shares birthday with former President Olusegun Obasanjo who on the same day, clocked a milestone age of 80.
It was Onigbinde who actually gave the Ibadan side, its acronym of 3SC derived from its new name of Shooting Stars Sports Club when it dropped IICC Shooting Stars at the beginning of professional football in Nigeria.
Onigbinde, a widely travelled coach, had been the technical adviser for Trinidad and Tobago in the 1990s and had also served on the technical study group of CAF. He also served as FIFA Technical instructor.
He led the then IICC Shooting Stars to the final of the then Africa Cup of Champions Club which is today’s CAF Champions League in 1984.
In the same year, he became the first Nigerian coach to take the national team to the final match of the Africa Cup of Nations. The record stood until 2013 when Stephen Keshi became the first Nigerian coach to guide the team to win the cup.
Jointly with South Africa’s Jomo Sono, Onigbinde became the first African to handle a team at the World Cup, with his Super Eagles facing Argentina, playing two hours before Jomo Sono led South Africa to face Paraguay on June 2, 2002 at the Korea/Japan World Cup.