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Former NFF Secretary-General, Taiwo Ogunjobi Is Dead

A formerShooting Stars, Super Eagles and Secretary General of the Nigeria Footballfederation, NFF, Taiwo Ogunjobi has passed away.

Thefootball administrator passed on after failing to recover from an undisclosedillness.

As afootballer, Ogunjobi was a key member of the WNDC (now Shooting Stars SportsClub), and due to his brilliance on the field of play, he was made captain ofthe Nigeria Academicals between 1973 and 1974. During that year, he led thecountry’s football team to win the Nigeria/Ghana Sports festival and his rawtalents did not go unnoticed by national team selectors as he got a call up tothe Green Eagles in 1973.

Unlikesome of his colleagues, who took to coaching after their playing career, hewent into administration of the game and became the secretary of 3SC a fewyears after hanging up his boots. He was diligent at work and was soon promotedto the rank of the General Manager of the club before becoming the soleadministrator of the OluyoleWarriors.

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 becameone of the most feared teams in the country, being tagged ‘giant killers’ inthe process. After a brief stint with the Nnewi-based club, he returned asGeneral Manager of Julius Berger, a position he held for two years beforeattempting 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.

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Sunday Adedeji

Sunday Adedeji is a Senior Photo Editor of TELL with contributions from all the photo journalists on the TELL stable.

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