Category Archives: In Memoriam

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.

Ejidike Commiserates With NFF On Ogunjobi’s Death

Nigeria’s Pillar Of Sports, Chief Donatus Agu-Ejidike has joined other Nigerians to commiserate with the Nigeria Football Federation on the death of its former secretary general, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi who died Monday in Ibadan after a brief illness.

In a statement released by the office of the Pillar Of Sports, he regretted the unfortunate demise of the Osun State FA boss, whom it described as a strong pillar of Nigerian football.

Osun Football Association Chairman, and Former NFF Secretary General Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi

“It is painful that Nigerian football have lost yet another giant. This is a critical moment for Nigerian football. And we deeply regret this death.

“I remember with fond nostalgia the playing days of the Ogunjobi as the captain and eventually, as sole administrator of 3SC. His love and passion for the game was infectious,” he remarked.
He went on to pray that God grant his family and friends the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Akeem Busari

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles To Wear Black Armbands For Ogunjobi

The Confederation of African Football has approved a request by the Nigeria Football Federation for the Flying Eagles to wear black armbands in their semi final clash with Mali in the Africa U20 Cup of Nations in Niger Republic, in honour of departed former NFF Secretary General and Member of Board, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi.

Chief Ogunjobi, also the Chairman of Osun State Football Association, passed away on Monday morning at the University College Hospital, Ibadan after a brief illness. He was also a former Nigeria international.

Osun Football Association Chairman, and Former NFF Secretary General Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi

“We have received the go-ahead from CAF that the Flying Eagles can use the black armbands. It is the least honour that we can accord such an accomplished man who was a football person through and through,” Bola Oyeyode, NFF’s Director of Competitions revealed.

Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club Expresses Shock Over Death Of Taiwo Ogunjobi

The Nigeria Football Supporters’ Club has expressed its shock over the death of the chairman of Osun State football association and former Secretary- General of NFF, Chief Taiwo Joseph Ogunjobi.

In a statement signed by the NFSC national chairman, Rev. Samuel Ikpea, it described the news as a’ rude shock’. Adding that today, is indeed, a black ‘Monday’ for Nigerian football.

“This is a rude shock and a bad day for Nigerian football,” Ikpea lamented.

“It is saddening that we have lost a rare gem. Late Taiwo Ogunjobi was a top class administrator whose contributions to the development of football in Nigeria cannot be quantified,” he stated.

“He was a registered member of the NFSC and he was also present at my election in 2016, at the Teslim Balogun stadium. His love and support for the NFSC, cannot be easily forgotten”.

Osun Football Association Chairman, and Former NFF Secretary General Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi

Ikpea further eulogised Ogunjobi as a person who understood the roles of football supporters in the game.

“The executives, members of the NFSC, home and in diaspora, commiserates with the Nigeria Football Federation, Osun state football association, as well as, family and friends of the deceased on this sudden death.

“And we pray that God grant Nigeria football community and the family and friends he left behind the strength and fortitude to bear this irreparable loss”, he added solemnly.

Akeem Busari

Igali Extols Late Fashikun

President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Hon. Daniel Igali has described late Olajide Fashikun as a patriot, an exceptional journalist and a friend to athletes.

The late sports journalist, who carved a niche for himself in investigative journalism, on Sunday in Abuja, passed on after a brief illness at the age of 53.

Until his demise, Fashikun was the Managing Editor of http://www.gongnews.net, an online news outlet. He was also the Director General of Nigeria Sports Development Fund Initiative (NSDFI), a body saddled with the responsibility of raising training grants for elite athletes ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“I received the news of the demise of this patriot with great shock,” Igali said.

“Jide was not just a personal friend, but also a friend to the athletes, working closely with the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, and we were hopeful some of our elite athletes will benefit from the NSDFI ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.

“As a sports journalist, he was fearless and exceptional in the discharge of his duties.

“Nigeria has lost a patriot in jide.

Olajide Fashikun

“I pray that God will give his family, the sporting fraternity and the nation at large the fortitude to bear this painful loss,” the World and Olympic champion said.

Aside being an accomplished sports journalist, Fashikun was also a successful handball player, representing Nigeria at various competitions.

He was a a former chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Kwara State chapter.

His remains was on Wednesday committed to mother earth in his hometown Obbo-Aiyegunle, in Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Nigeria Football Supporters Club Mourns Late Fashikun

The Nigeria Football Supporters Club has joined Nigerians to mourn the demise of foremost journalist and former athlete, Olajide Fashikun.

The former national handball star and editor of online publication Gongnews died Saturday in Abuja after suffering a stroke attack.

In a press release signed by the the national chairman of the NFSC, Rev. Samuel Ikpea, Ikpea described the death as unfortunate and a rude shock. Adding that it was also a huge loss to journalism and the sporting fraternity in Nigeria.

Olajide Fashikun

“This is a huge loss to Nigerian sports and journalism. More so, it is unfortunate and painful he died now, particularly, at this critical moments of Nigerian football, ” Ikpea noted.

“On behalf the Nigeria Football Supporters Club at home and in diaspora, I pray that God in His infinite mercies should grant him eternal rest and also give his family and friends the strength and fortitude to bear this great loss,” Ikpea prayed.

Akeem Busari

Death of Patrick Baumann, IOC Member

It is with the greatest sorrow and shock that the International Olympic Committee has learned of the death of Mr Patrick Baumann, IOC Member in Switzerland, in Buenos Aires. He was 51.

Patrick Baumann was a central figure in the Olympic Movement.

A former player, coach and referee, Patrick Baumann dedicated his life to basketball and to the sports community. He was Deputy Secretary General (1995-2002) of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and then unanimously appointed as Secretary General by the FIBA Central Board in 2002, a role he had held since. He was greatly instrumental in the transformation and growth of the sport in the international basketball community, successfully supporting the popularisation of 3×3 basketball, for instance.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “This is a great shock, which has hit us all very hard. We can hardly believe this terrible news. Particularly since, even today, we have seen him working hard, as we always knew him, for the sport he loved. We lose a young and sympathetic leader full of hope who was standing for the future of sport. Our thoughts are with his wife, his children and his family.”

To honour the memory of Patrick Baumann, the IOC President has asked for the Olympic flag to be flown at half-mast at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne and at the IOC headquarters at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires for three days. The IOC will also hold a memorial in the Youth Olympic Village.

An IOC Member since 2007, he had been recently appointed as a member (2016-2017) then Chair (2017) of the Evaluation Commission for the Games of XXXIII Olympiad in 2024, then Vice-Chair of the Coordination Commission for the Games of XXXIII Olympiad Paris 2024 after the French capital won the right to host the Olympic Games 2024. He was also Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission Los Angeles 2028, helping the two host cities to work closely with each other.

A Swiss national, Patrick Baumann was also President of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.

Patrick Baumann had continuously and actively participated in the IOC’s development throughout his mandate, as a member in the following IOC Commissions: Evaluation for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad in 2008 (as an IF representative) (2000-2001), Coordination for the Games of the XXX Olympiad London 2012 (2007-2012), International Relations (2008-2014), Sport and Law (2010-2014), Evaluation for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 (2013), Entourage (2014-2015), Marketing (2014-), Athletes’ Entourage (2015-2018) and Legal Affairs (2017-2018).

Patrick Baumann
photo credit: FIBA

Able to speak five languages, Patrick Baumann had a remarkable academic record: an MBA from the Business School of the University of Chicago, a Master’s in Sports Administration Management (MEMOS) from the University of Lyon in France and a law degree from the University of Lausanne.

A man of numerous talents, as a lawyer he always demonstrated a great sense of responsibility: he was appointed to the International Advisory Board of the World Academy of Sport in 2009, had been a member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) since 2010, and was also a member of the Executive Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Patrick Baumann was elected as a Council member of the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF) in 2011 and re-elected in 2015; he was elected as President of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) in 2016; and as President of SportAccord in 2017.

The IOC expresses its deepest sympathies to Mr Baumann’s family.