Taiwo Ogunjobi: Former Nigeria defender and official dies

Taiwo Ogunjobi died 35 years to the day after he made his international debut for Nigeria

Former international defender and Nigeria Football Federation secretary-general Taiwo Ogunjobi has died suddenly in Ibadan, south-western Nigeria.

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.

His death comes 35 years to the day after he made his debut for Nigeria in an Olympic qualifier against Morocco.

“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.

“Our prayers are with his family, relatives and the football family in Nigeria,” the NFF posted on its Twitter feed.