Ogunjobi: Brief history

The late Taiwo Ogunjobi

Taiwo Ogunjobi, an ebullient and respected football administrator, captained the first set of Nigerian Academicals to defeat the Ghanaian Academicals in the early 1970s.

He was a key member of the then IICC Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan before he travelled to the U.S. for further studies.

The sojourn led to his missing out on being part of the squad which won the 1976 Africa Cup Winners Cup.

He returned to Nigeria a few years later, and was a member of the then young Green Eagles squad.

That was the team Adegboye Onigbinde coached to win the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations silver medal in Cote d’Ivoire.

He made his mark in football administration, winning plaudits and fame while managing the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan and Julius Berger FC of Lagos at various times.

He later became the Secretary-General of the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) in 2002 for three years.

Fondly nicknamed “Skippo’’, Ogunjobi in 2006 won election into the NFF Executive Committee led by Sani Lulu and was the Chairman of the federation’s Technical Committee.

Until his death, Ogunjobi was the Chairman of Osun State Football Association.

Source: NAN

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  • The passing away of Taiwo Ogunjobi came to me as a rude shock, May his soul Rest in Peace. Taiwo and his other team mates Felix were very entertaining with their soccer skills. Theirs was a wining team that brought joy and pride to Nigerians particularly when they won international matches which they did. However for record purposes he was NOT the first team captain that beat Ghanaian Academicals in Ghana, It was Samuel Okoye in 1965, who later change his name to Sam Garba Okoye, .

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