Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) second vice-president, Mallam Shehu Dikko cut a determined look on the pitch, as he stepped out as captain of an all-stars selected squad of officials who played a ceremonial match as part of events for the burial of Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi.
Dikko was all business in the encounter at Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan, as he aimed to make the match a befitting send off into life eternal for the former secretary-general of then Nigeria Football Federation (NFA).
Dikko’s team, dubbed Ambassadors won the match 2-1 against Family United By Sports (FUBS), after which they all gathered again for the lying-in-state, which was graced by prominent stakeholders, board members of the NFF, management staff, bigwigs in the game, former international players and esteemed administrators, all to bid Ogunjobi final farewell.
The rites of passage began on Tuesday in Oshogbo, where Ogunjobi was chairman of Osun State Football Association until his passing.
The day witness some youth football matches and tributes, before the train headed for Ibadan, the largest city in West Africa, capital of Oyo State and the town where Ogunjobi spent most of his lifetime.
On Wednesday, Western Nigeria Football Forum, and for which he was a key member, headed by the NFF’s first vice-president, Seyi Akinwunmi, organised a symposium under the theme: ‘Celebrating the Life and Times of Ogunjobi.’
The late international football player and astute administrator’s body was then laid to rest at a private cemetery n Ibadan on Friday.