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Further to the honour of 60 seconds silence before kickoff and wearing of black armband by players on Wednesday’s Match Day 9 fixtures of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), matches will be briefly paused within 65 minutes to mark the 65th years of late Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi and too give him a special tribute.

Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko announced the decision, which he said expresses the high esteem the league and indeed the football family has for the late former player and Administrator.

“We want to demonstrate in a special way the contributions of the late Ogunjobi to the league as a player and an administrator.

“So, our referees have been directed that in addition to observing a minute silence before kickoff, action at all NPFL Match Day 9 fixtures will be paused within the 65th minute so players and fans can give him a standing ovation as a mark of respect and as special honor for his contribution to football and  his huge support to the growth of the system at all levels”, Dikko stated.

Ogunjobi, a former captain of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) died on Monday in Ibadan from a brief illness. He is 65 years old


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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