The Nigerian soccer community was hit with another dose of sorrow on Monday morning, following news of the death of former soccer star and erudite administrator, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, aged 65.
Footballllive.ng gathered that Ogunjobi, who is a former secretary-general of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and ex-chairman of the body’s technical committee, only went for a routine medical check up at the hospital, where he was given bed rest, only to die few hours after.
Ogunjobi (aka Skippo), who was the chairman of Osun State Football Association and an aspirant for the NFF presidency in the September 2017 election, was reported dead in the early hours of Monday at Univesity College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan.
Coincidentally, Ogunjobi had his Nigerian national debut exactly 35 years ago on the same date with his death and his birthday coincided with the August 21 anniversary of the NFF.
Few hours after the news broke, the information department of the NFF took to social media to mourn the passing of the Ilesha, Osun State-born defender-turned-administrator.
The NFF stated on social media: “We are sad to announce the shock demise of former Nigeria Int’l, Ex-NFF Gen. Sec., former NFF Executive Committee member, and current chairman, Osun State FA, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi after a brief illness. Our prayers are with his family, relatives and the football family in Nigeria.”