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The Nigeria professional football league players will put on a black armband on match day nine in honour of the deceased Osun state FA chairman, High Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi.
The League Management Company (LMC) which announced this decision described his death as a huge loss to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and the larger football family in the country.
In a tribute to the late football administrator, the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, said he had difficulties believing the news of Ogunjobi’s death describing him as an hero who had play a big role in the nation’s football as a player and an administrator.
Ogunjobi, a former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Secretary General was reported dead on Monday morning in Ibadan.
He played for the then IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan, now Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), captaining the team to the finals of the 1984 Africa Champions League which was won by Egypt’s Zamalek FC.
According to Dikko, “Chief Ogunjobi is one of the heroes of League football in Nigeria having captained IICC, a traditional club in our league system that stands today as an institution. He also later led the club as an administrator to the CAF Champions League finals before rising to the pinnacle of football administration in the country as Secretary General of the NFF”.
The LMC Chairman also announced that in honour of the fallen football hero, a minute silence would be observed before the kick-off at all NPFL Match Day 9 fixtures on Wednesday while players and Coaches are also to wear black armbands as a mark of respect for the dead.
“Ogunjobi in his life time was very passionate about football and while as Osun State FA Chairman, his state did not have a club participating in the NPFL, we always counted on him as one of the sound and effective Match Commissioners. There were hardly any issues in matches he commissioned and we would miss those stabilizing effect he brought to league match venues”, Dikko added.
Dikko extended condolences to Mr. Lanre Ogunjobi, a member of the Ogunjobi family who is also a staff of the LMC