#RIPOgunjobi: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Former NFF Sec-Gen
A former secretary general of the Nigeria Football Federation, Taiwo Ogunjobi died on Monday February 11, 2019.
The NFF, former players and journalist and other interest groups have been paying their respects.
You may have known him to be the Chairman of Osun State Football Association until his death, but here are few things you most likely don’t know about the late Taiwo Ogunjobi.
1. Age: Many people do not know his age and a lot of stories written about his passing could not specifically report how old he was. Taiwo died aged 66.
2. Ex footballer: He was a former footballer. He captained the first set of Nigerian academics to defeat their Ghanaian rivals in the early 1970s.
He was also a member of IICC Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan before he traveled to the United States of America to further his studies.
This was the reason he was not part of the IICC’s Africa Cup Winners Cup –winning squad of 1976.
3. AFCON Silver Winner: He has featured as a player in the Africa Cup of Nations after his return to Nigeria.
He was also a member of the young Green Eagles’ squad that Adegboye Onigbinde coached to win the silver medals of the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire.
4. Was a coach: Ogunjobi did not only play the round leather game, he also coached big teams.
IICC Shooting Stars and Julius Berger FC of Lagos at various times, before becoming the Secretary General of then Nigeria Football Association in 2002.
He even owned a football club.
5. Vied for the NFF presidency twice: The 66-year-old vied to become president of the NFF two times – in 2014 and 2018.
On both occasions, he lost to incumbent president Amaju Pinnick. He accepted the results in good faith each time, embraced the winner, retained his dignity and co-operated with Pinnick.
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