The Nigeria sports fraternity; especially the football family have again been thrown into mourning following the death of one-time image-maker of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr Austin Mgbolu.

Mgbolu, who served as public relations officer of then NFA between 1993 and 2001 reportedly died from complications from an earlier conducted surgery.

“This is very sad. I pray that God Almighty will protect the family and loved ones he has left behind and give them the fortitude to bear this big loss.

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"He was a thorough professional who did his job to the best of his ability and even as an analyst on television, he was forthright and provided wise counsel for the advancement of the Nigeria game. We pray that God will grant him eternal rest,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said.

Nicknamed 'Booster' for his magnanimity and encouragement of younger professionals, Mgbolu served with four administrations in the NFF.

He worked with Sampson Emeka Omeruah (of blessed memory), Abdulmumuni Aminu and Anthony Kojo Williams, and briefly with the board of Brigadier –General Dominic Oneya (rtd) who came into office when Williams was impeached in 2000.  

His death is coming few weeks after the demise of another former official of the NFF, Deji Tinubu.

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