Football: NFF mourns Sam Ojebode

Posted: July 4, 2012 in Sports

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed deep grief at the death,
on Wednesday morning, of former National Team captain, Samuel Ojebode.

Ojebode died in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, after a protracted illness.

Speaking in Abuja, NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari said the
Nigeria football family was greatly saddened by Ojebode’s death and
prayed that Almighty God will grant the good family he has left behind
the fortitude to bear the big loss.

“We received with great sadness news of the death of the former National Team Captain, Samuel Ojebode. It is big loss, but we are comforted by the fact that he lived a good life and served his country well,” Maigari stated.

Ojebode was deputy skipper of the Green Eagles at the 1976 African Cup
of Nations finals in Ethiopia but wore the Captain’s armband in Nigeria’s first three matches in the forced absense of Christian Chukwu.

He was also a member of the IICC Shooting Stars FC that won
Nigeria’s first continental honour – the African Cup Winners Cup –later the same year.

In the National Team, Samuel Ojebode played alongside the likes of goalkeeper Joe Erico, defenders Sanni Mohammed, Muda Lawal, Baba Otu Mohammed, Felix Owolabi, Segun Odegbami, Thompson Usiyen, Aloysius Atuegbu, Godwin Odiye, Kunle Awesu, Kelechi Emeteole, Idowun Otubusin and Patrick Ekeji, who is now Director General of the National Sports
Commission.

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