Nigeria Football Fedrration (NFF) president, Melvin Amaju Pinnick has joined in lamentations over the death of former secretary-general of the soccer governing body, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi (aka Sole).
Pinniock said in the wake of news of Ogunjobi’s death early Monday that seeing the eixt of the former sole administrator of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan is an irreparable loss to Nigerian football.
Pinnick said he was in shock on hearing the sad news and expressed dismay at the passing of the one fondly called ‘Skippo,’ who was also a former NFF board member and chairman of the technical committee.
It was gathered that Ogunjobi only went for a routine medical check up at the hospital, where he was given bed rest, only to die few hours after.
Ogunjobi, 65, who was the chairman of Osun State Football Association and an aspirant for the NFF presidency in the September 2018 election and the one of 2014, 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 that the ex-international defender and administrator passed on after a brief illness, Pinnick issued a statement to mourn the Ilesha, Osun State-born defender-turned-administrator, but confessed that he was lost for words.
Pinnick added: “I cannot find the words as much as I try. A very big tree has fallen in Nigerian Football and we are all devastated. If the NFF had a flag of its own, it would fly at half mast for several weeks.
“Chief Ogunjobi was one of the strongest pillars of association football in Nigeria and the entire Nigerian Football fraternity will miss him badly.
“The Members of the NFF Executive Committee, Management and Staff of the NFF, Members of the Congress, eminent football stakeholders and other workers in football in these shores are in shock.”