FIFA President mourns Taiwo Ogunjobi

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has added his voice, on behalf of the world football-governing body, to the overflow of condolence messages to the family of Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi, the former Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Association (as it was known) and former Board Member who passed away last week.

In a letter dated 19th February 2019, and addressed to President of Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, the world’s number one football administrator wrote: “I would like to express my sincerest and heartfelt condolences on the passing of former Nigeria international player and administrator, Taiwo Ogunjobi. Words seem inadequate to express the sadness we feel for this loss.

 “Taiwo had a fulfilling and enriching career in football. As a player, he will be remembered notably as the captain of the Shooting Stars SC team that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Champion Clubs in 1984. After his retirement, he served as Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Federation between 2002 and 2005, and was member of the NFF Executive Committee between 2006 and 2010.

 “He also officiated as Match Commissioner for two 2010 World Cup Qualification Matches and was a member of the Nigeria Football Federation Delegation participating in different FIFA competitions between 2002 and 2010…His legacy and achievement – on and off the pitch – will not be forgotten, and he will be truly missed.

 “On behalf of the international football community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the Nigeria Football Federation, and to Taiwo’s family, friends and loved ones. Our thoughts are with all of you. We hope that these memories and our words of support may help bring some peace and solace at this difficult time.”

Ogunjobi, also a former Nigeria international defender, died in Ibadan, Oyo State on Monday, 11th February after a brief illness.