Dalung, Abdullahi eulogise ‘patriotic administrator’
Nigerians were given a rude awakening yesterday morning when the demise of former IICC Shooting Stars Captain, Taiwo Ogunjobi was broken by members of his family. The retired national team central defender, whose last public outing was at the Oshogbo Stadium, where he went to watch a Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) match between Remo Stars and MFM of Lagos on Wednesday last week, was the chairman of Osun State FA before his demise. He died at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan after a brief illness. He was 66 years old.His absence at the 2019 Osun State Sports Award on Sunday caused anxiety among sports lovers in the state, but nobody knew the forces that stopped him from the event.
Ogunjobi is most remembered for his role as the General Secretary of the NFF from 2002 to 2005 when he ran the secretariat during the regime of Ibrahim Galadima as NFF president. He was a casualty of the intrigue that followed the 2005 NFF elections, which was cancelled after Galadima had been declared re-elected by the electoral body.
He later reappeared as a member of the board after the re-run polls that brought Sani Lulu as NFF president. He was a member of the NFF board and technical committee chairman in the Lulu administration, but lost his position when the principal officers of the board, including Lulu, vice president, Amanze Uchegbulam and Secretary General, Bolaji Ojo-Oba, were sacked by the Federal Government following Nigeria’s poor outing at the South Africa 2010 World Cup.