It was a moment of grief for the Nigeria Football Federation as former General Secretary and later board member, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi died on Monday morning.
The former international’s death coincided with the 35th anniversary of his only cap for the Nigerian national team.
He was in the team that played goalless with Morocco on February 11, 1984. The match was the first leg of the last qualifying duel for the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics.
Ogunjobi had played for the Nigeria Academicals against Ghana at the first Nigeria-Ghana Sports Festival in 1974. Ogunjobi was the hero of the 5-1 defeat of Ghana as he scored three goals.
He later travelled to the United States to further his education. On return, he featured for Shooting Stars which he later captained to the final match of the 1984 African Cup of Champions Clubs, losing both legs to Egypt’s Zamalek.
He also became the General Manager of the club, leading it to victory at the inaugural CAF Cup in 1992.
According to information gathered from family sources, Ogunjobi was rushed to the hospital on Sunday but died on Monday morning. He was aged 65. He died at the University College Hospital in Ibadan
He served as secretary-general of then Nigeria Football Association between 2002 and 2005, and was member of the NFF Executive Committee between 2006 and 2010.
“He was in hospital on Saturday and doctors ordered a bed rest, but he passed away Monday morning in Ibadan,” his personal assistant and Osun United FC spokesman, Tunde Shamsudeen, told BBC Sport.
The hospital did not give any further details about his illness.
A football administrator for more than two decades, he was the chairman of Osun State Football Association before his death and his name was synonymous with the country’s game.
Ogunjobi captained and administered one of the country’s traditional powerhouse clubs, Shooting Stars of Ibadan.
He was the captain of the Shooting Stars team that reached the final of the then Africa Cup of Champions Clubs (the precursor to the African Champions league) in 1984.
He was cleared of any wrongdoing after two investigations into accusations of wrongdoing.