Former NFF general secretary Taiwo Ogunjobi passes away after brief illness at the age of 66

FORMER Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) general secretary and current chairman of the Osun State Football Association Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi has passed away after a brief illness at the tender age of 66.


Chief Ogunjobi, who once played as a central defender for the Super Eagles and captained IICC Shooting Stars in 1984 when the team got to the final of the African Champions Cup, was a veteran of the Nigerian football industry. His other roles include serving as the  president of Gabros International, now FC Ifeanyi Ubah FC of Nnewi Nnewi and had a stint as the general manager of Lagos club Julius Berger.


An NFF spokesman said: “We are sad to announce the shock demise of former Nigeria international, ex-NFF general secretary, former NFF executive committee member and the current chairman of the Osun State FA, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi after a brief illness. Our prayers are with his family, relatives and the football family in Nigeria.”


Chief Ogunjobi was first called up to the national team in 1973 after his impressive display for Shooting Stars earned him an invitation to the Green Eagles camp.  After his playing career, Chief Ogunjobi went into administration and served as a secretary of Shooting Stars and later its general manager and then sole administrator.


His long career in football administration involved serving as NFF secretary general between 2002 and 2005. Chief Ogunjobi was also a member of the NFF executive committee between 2006 and 2010.


Tunde Shamsudeen, his personal assistant and Osun United FC added:  "He was in hospital on Saturday and doctors ordered a bed rest but he passed away Monday morning in Ibadan."