FORMER NIGERIA FA GENERAL SECRETARY, TAIWO OGUNJOBI DIES ON ANNIVERSARY OF HIS INTERNATIONAL DEBUT

BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

A pall of darkness descended on Nigerian football as former General Secretary and later board member, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi died on Monday morning.

What a twist of fate for the former international. His death coincided with the 35th anniversary of his only cap for the Nigerian national team.

He was in the team that played goalless with Morocco on February 11, 1984. The match was the first leg of the last qualifying duel for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics.

Ogunjobi had played for the Nigeria Academicals against Ghana at the first Nigeria-Ghana Sports Festival in 1974. Ogunjobi was the hero of the 5-1 defeat of Ghana as he scored three goals.

He later travelled to the United States to further his education. On return, he featured for Shooting Stars which he later captained to the final match of the 1984 African Cup of Champions Clubs, losing both legs to Egypt’s Zamalek.

He also became the General Manager of the club, leading it to victory at the inaugural CAF Cup in 1992.

According to information www.sportsvillagesqure.com gathered from family sources, Ogunjobi was rushed to the hospital on Sunday but died on Monday morning.  He was aged 65. His birthday coincides with the August 21 anniversary, which the NFF as a body is yet to come to terms with.  

According to information, Ogunjobi died at the University College Hospital in Ibadan

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