The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed utter shock at the death yesterday of former NFF Secretary General and one-time member of the NFF Executive Committee, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi.
The 66-year old former international defender passed on yesterday after a brief illness.
“I cannot find the words as much as I try. A very big tree has fallen in Nigerian Football and we are all devastated. If the NFF had a flag of its own, it would fly at half mast for several weeks.
“Chief Ogunjobi was one of the strongest pillars of association football in Nigeria and the entire Nigerian Football fraternity will miss him badly. The Members of the NFF Executive Committee, Management and Staff of the NFF, Members of the Congress, eminent football stakeholders and other workers in football in these shores are in shock,” President of the NFF, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, said yesterday.
Also yesterday, the League Management Company (LMC) expressed shock at the death of former NFF General Secretary.
In a tribute obtained by Daily Trust, LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko described the late football administrator as a hero of league football in Nigeria.
“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.
“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,” Dikko said.
Similarly, President of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA), Tade Azeez, yesterday described the death of Taiwo Ogunjobi, a former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) General Secretary, as an irreparable loss.
Azeez said that news of Ogunjobi’s demise was a sad and unfortunate piece of news item to wake up to.
“It is an unfortunate thing that we woke up to the news of his death, because he was a person we thought would be around for about 20 to 30 years more,” Azeez said.
Also in a condolence message, Osun State Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola described the death of Chief Ogunjobi as great loss.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Adeniyi Adesina in Osogbo yesterday, Oyetola said Ogunjobi was as an illustrious son of the state who served the nation and the state diligently.
“As the chairman of the Osun State Football Association, he gave his best in the service of the state, galvanizing the youths and pushing for the development of sports, football in particular. Ogunjobi will be missed. He gave his best as a club football player, national team player, and as an administrator. His tenure as Osun State Football Association chairman brought tremendous development to football in this state. May his soul rest in peace,” Governor Oyetola said.