Ex-international winger, Dr Felix Owolabi has described late former secretary-general of then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi as man who had a high level of leadership charisma and strong aroma of a gentleman.
Footballlive.ng can report that ‘Owo-Blow’ was full of eulogies for Ogunnjobi (aka Skippo) during the final burial rites of the ex-defender and administrator, who died on February 11.
The funeral rites, which included an all stars football match at Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan and symposium, were organised by Western Nigeria Football Forum (WNFF), of which Ogunjobi was a key member.
With the theme, ‘Celebrating the life and times of Ogunjobi’, it had key speakers among former NFA president, Sani Lulu Abdullahi, current boss of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) chairman, Gbolagade Busari; former international, Segun Odegbami; former Sports Editor of Nigerian Tribune, Mr Ade Somefun, Gboyega Makinde and Elder Bode Oyewole, among others.
They gave an insight into the life of the late Ogunjobi, who was one of the most successful captains of Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan.
Ogunjobi and Owolabi were former teammates in the all-conquering 80s squad of the then IICC Shooting Stars, which won the Nigerian league in 1983 and reached the Africa Champions Cup final in 1984.
Owolabi went on to describe Ogunjobi as a patriotic Nigerian, who returned from studying in the United States of America to play for Shooting Stars and the Eagles, before turning to administration.
He pointed out that it was Ogunjobi’s leadership qualities that some him appointed captain of The Oluyole Warriors, which lost the 1984 final to Zamalek of Egypt.
Owolabi recalled: “Ogunjobi possessed all the qualities of a true leader. He had charisma and aroma of a gentleman.
“Of course, we played together in IICC Shooting Stars till the end of 1984 after we had lost in the finals of African Champions Clubs Cup.
“He returned from the US towards the end of 1982 for the youth service. In fact, I facilitated his absorption into the Shooting Stars team.”