A former Shooting Stars, Super Eagles and Secretary General of the Nigeria Football federation, NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi has passed away.
The football administrator passed on after failing to recover from an undisclosed illness.
As a footballer, Ogunjobi was a key member of the WNDC (now Shooting Stars Sports Club), and due to his brilliance on the field of play, he was made captain of the Nigeria Academicals between 1973 and 1974. During that year, he led the country’s football team to win the Nigeria/Ghana Sports festival and his raw talents did not go unnoticed by national team selectors as he got a call up to the Green Eagles in 1973.
Unlike some of his colleagues, who took to coaching after their playing career, he went into administration of the game and became the secretary of 3SC a few years after hanging up his boots. He was diligent at work and was soon promoted to the rank of the General Manager of the club before becoming the sole administrator of the Oluyole Warriors.
In 1999, he became president of then-Nigeria Premier League outfit Gabros International, and under his stewardship, the club witnessed a meteoric rise as they became one of the most feared teams in the country, being tagged ‘giant killers’ in the process. After a brief stint with the Nnewi-based club, he returned as General Manager of Julius Berger, a position he held for two years before attempting a bite at the Nigeria Football Association.
In 2002, Ogunjobi emerged as the Secretary General of the NFA. Soon after the expiration of his tenure, he was appointed chairman of the Technical Committee of the football house. While in charge, the country qualified for all international football competitions at all levels for the first time. He later became the chairman of Prime FC of Ogbomosho. Until his death, Ogunjobi was the chairman of Osun State Football Association.