It’s not been a great start to the week with the news of the death of former Nigeria international and football administrator Taiwo Ogunjobi.
Ogunjobi who was the Chairman of the Osun State FA died in the morning of Monday, February 11 after failing to recover from a brief illness.
Ogunjobi is well remembered for his role as the General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in 2002 to 2005.
The NFF in a tweeted on Monday, February 11 also confirmed the passing of their former scribe with the a statement which read; “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.”
The personal assistant, Tunde Samsudeen who is the Public Relations officer of Osun United FC, has also confirmed his passing.
“Former @thenff Secretary-General and OSUN FA boss, Chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi, is dead,” he wrote on Twitter.
Before his role with the NFF, Ogunjobi’s football career started as a player for Shooting Stars-when the club was called WNDC. He later captained the club to the final of the then Africa Cup of Champions (now CAF Champions League) in 1984.
He was called up to the national team in 1984 after his impressive display for Shooting Stars earned him a called up to the Green Eagles.
After his playing career, Ogunjobi went into administration and served as a secretary at his former club Shooting Stars.
From the secretary, he rose to become the General Manager of the club and then the sole administrator.
In 199, he became the president of Gabros International (now FC IfeanyiUnah- in Nnewi and had a stint as the General Manager of Lagos-based club Julius Berger.
After serving as the Secretary-General of the NFF, Ogunjobi was appointed Chairman of the Technical Committee of the federation.