Category Archives: In Memoriam


Today, 16th, October 2019, marks the third remembrance of the killing of former 3SC defender Izu Joseph, who was reportedly shot dead by officers of Nigeria Army, while on holidays in his hometown, in Rivers state. And members of the National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers ( NANPF), as well as the family of the late footballer are crying for justice.

Izu’s killing and other reported cases of wanton abuses and violations led the Federal government to set up a special panel to investigate these cases.

And expectedly the players’ union and the late footballer’s family lawyers submitted petitions to the special panel through the Attorney General and the National Human Rights Commission.

The late Izu Joseph
photo credit: Akeem Busari

Speaking with the press, on the remembrance of the late footballer, Secretary-General of NANPF, Comrade Austin Popo, reiterated the demands of the union and the players family for the release of the report of the investigative panel on Izu Joseph.

“It is 3 years now. And we demand that the Federal government release the report of special panel and pronounce justice on the death of Izu Joseph.

“We also want the Nigeria Army to compensate the family for this wanton and unjustified killing of Izu Joseph in his prime. The late footballer was the bread winner of his family until he was killed, ” Popo stated unequivocally.

He added that the union will not rest until justice is done on the player’s killing. As he also restated the union’s unrelenting drive to give the welfare of Nigerian footballers paramount attention at all times.

Akeem Busari

CAVB Announces The Passing Of CAVB Refereeing Commission Hassan Ahmed

The CAVB has today declared with great sadness that CAVB Refereeing Commission President Mr Hassan Ahmed HAS passed away. The sad event took place on Tuesday July 16th, 2019.

The late Hassan Ahmed was one of the greatest refereeing pioneers of all time. He conducted many World Level matches including the finals of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles 1984.

Hassan Ahmed

Ahmed became CAVB Refereeing Commission President in 2001, and he was also FIVB Refereeing Commission President from 2012-2016.

Nigeria Wrestling Federation Mourns Late Coach John Edem

The Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) has expressed deep shock and regret following the demise of Coach John Edem, who died after a protracted illness on 24th May, 2019.

Until his death, late Edem was the head coach of the Cross River State Greco Roman team.

A dedicated athlete in his heydays, coach Edem won 4 national titles in the junior/intermediate class and 2 senior crowns in the 48kg category in the eighties.

Aside discovering several young athletes as a coach, late John Edem also trained former African Champion Emmanuel Nworie.

Speaking on behalf of the federation, Technical Director of NWF, Sir Damian Ohaike said: “We received the news of his death with deep shock.

Late Coach John Edem

“Coach Edem was very dedicated to the discovery and development of young talents. It’s a pity that he is no more. We will dearly miss him.

“I pray that God will grant his family and the entire sporting fraternity in Cross River State the fortitude to bear his loss.”

A devout Christian, Edem was married with children, and has since been buried in his hometown in Akpabuyo Local Government Area in Cross River State.

As a mark of honour for late John Edem, the Nigeria Wrestling Federation have agreed to observe a minute silence before the commencement of the 3rd Governor Dickson National Classics in Yenagoa later this month.

Nigeria Basketball Federation Mourns Delano, Saratu Luga

The Nigeria Basketball Federation under the leadership of Engr. Musa Kida has condoled with the family of Kunle Delano and Saratu Luga over the death of two of its key stakeholders in Nigeria basketball.

Delano died last month (April) at the age of 93 while Saratu Luga died in a tragic auto accident which left many sad and speechless.

In a personal message to the family of one of the pioneers of Nigeria basketball, Kida described the death of Delano as “plucking a distinctively bright star out of the sky at night leaving a feeling of lights out and a void that can never be filled”.

Delano was a star of the then Lagos Territory Team that won the first National Championship in 1964 before playing for Nigeria Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Amateur Basketball Club under Christopher Kolade who was then Director of the corporation, where he mentored the likes of Alabi Adelanwa, Ganiyu Otenigbagbe and others who later rose to stardom.

In his condolence message on behalf of the board Kida said, “We wish to express our deepest sympathy on the demise of an ICON in Nigeria Basketball and the entire family on the enormity of the loss and the resultant effect on the entire household at this time.”

Still unable to come to terms with the tragic loss, the NBBF President described the death of Saratu, a former player of AHIP of Kano and GT 2000 of Kaduna as one death too many.

“This particular death is really sad and difficult to comprehend. Losing a beloved personality in her prime has left many shattered. We are only being comforted by the good testimonies by all and sundry about her personality while on this side of existence.”

The late Delano was a member of the Nigeria Team to the African Championship in Fernando Po (now Equatorial Guinea) in 1960 as well as supporting the then Oba of Lagos, HRH, Oba Adeyinka Oyekan in establishing the Oba Oyekan Cup in 1966 before instituting his own Cup the same year.

Kida prayed the Lord to grant the souls of the former Vice Chairman of the then Nigeria Amateur Basketball Association (NABBA) and Saratu a peaceful rest.

Supporters Club Commiserates With NFF, Lobi On Ogbeide’s Death

The Nigeria Football Supporters Club have sent condolence messages to the Nigeria Football Federation and Lobi Stars of Makurdi on the death of veteran soccer tactician, Solomon Ogbeide who passed on Monday in Makurdi.

Before his sudden demise, Ogbeide was reported to have complained of not feeling well before he slumped and died on Monday morning.

In a statement released by the national chairman of NFSC, Rev. Samuel Ikpea, the death of the former Sunshine Stars of Akure and Warri Wolves coach was a rude shock to the football community.

Solomon Ogbeide

“We are deeply shocked by the death of Coach Solomon Ogbeide. It is coming at a time, when we are praying fervently to God to spare and protect our soccer heroes who are suffering from one ailment or the other,” Ikpea remarked.

“We pray that God grant his family and friends the strength and fortitude to bear this huge loss. We also pray for our football authorities and stakeholders that God continue to protect all of us” he added.

Akeem Busari

Nigeria Football Federation Mourns Solomon Ogbeide

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed deep shock over the death on Monday of Head Coach of Nigeria Professional Football League club, Lobi Stars of Makurdi, Solomon Ogbeide.

“We are heartbroken about the death of Coach Solomon Ogbeide. Words are inadequate to describe the sense of loss. There was no doubt that he was among the very best in the country and even on the African continent, having led Lobi Stars to the group stage of this year’s CAF Champions League competition.

“Our hearts go out to Lobi Stars Football Club and its management and staff, the Nigeria Football Coaches Association and the immediate family of Coach Ogbeide,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said on Tuesday.

Reports stated that Ogbeide, a former member of the executive council of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association, slumped and died after suffering low blood pressure.

Solomon Ogbeide

The late Solomon Ogbeide was highly respected in coaching circles in the country, for his knowledge, energy, experience, diligence and encouragement of upcoming professionals in the coaching field.

“We pray that Almighty God will grant his soul peaceful rest and grant those he has left behind the fortitude to bear the loss,” Sanusi added.

Pomp, As Nigerian Football Bids Ogunjobi Final Farewell

There was pomp, colour and essence as actors and actresses in Nigerian Football put out all the stops in honouring former international defender, former Secretary General of then NFA and one–time Member of the Board of NFF, Chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi ahead of the final interment of his remains on Friday.

The rites of passage began on Tuesday in Oshogbo, capital of Osun State and where he served as Chairman of the State Football Association until his passing, with some youth football 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.

Former NFF Presient, Gen Oneya (right) with Godson Uti

On Wednesday, the Western Nigeria Football Forum, headed by the First Vice President of NFF, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, and for which Ogunjobi was a key actor, galvanizer and advisor, held a symposium in his honour with the theme: ‘Celebrating the Life and Times of Ogunjobi.’

At the symposium were the Chairman of the Western Nigeria Football Forum and NFF First Vice President Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi; NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi; NFF’s zonal coordinators led by the Chairman of Chairmen, Alh. Ibrahim Musa Gusau; former NFF President, Gen. Dominic Oneya (rtd); former NFF First Vice President, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam; former NFF General Secretaries Dr. Bolaji Ojo-Oba and Ambassador Fanny Amun; two –time Head Coach of the Senior National Team, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde; President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rafiu Oladipo; former international players, Dr. Felix Owolabi and Mutiu Adepoju and; senior stakeholders of the game from far and near, including Mr. Ade Somefun.

Alh Gusau (middle) with former NFF 1st VP Uchegbulam (left) and former NFF GS Ojo-Oba (right)

Prominent persons at the symposium paid homage to Ogunjobi, a man regarded as one of the most charismatic administrators in the history of Nigerian Football, with Akinwunmi saying: “This is an avenue to honour him because he did so well for football in the South West and Nigeria as a whole.” The event took place at the indoor hall of the Lekan Salami Stadium, venue of several conquests for Ogunjobi.

NFF GS Sanusi paying his tribute

On Thursday, a football match between a team of Ambassadors and Family United By Sports at the Lekan Salami Stadium ended 2-1 in favour of the former, and in the evening, a lying-in-state provided opportunity for prominent stakeholders, including Board Members of the NFF, NFF Management, NFF Staff, current and past bigwigs in the game, former international players and administrators to bid Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi goodbye.

The remains of the amiable administrator will be interred at a private cemetery in Ibadan on Friday morning.