Lagos - The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Tuesday
mourned the passing of veteran broadcaster, Walter Oyatogun who died in Lagos
last weekend at the age of 78, after suffering a third stroke.
NFF General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu said that the
Federation and the entire Nigeria football family are in grief over the demise
of the former NTA broadcaster of note, who broke grounds in the sportscasting
profession with his much-adored voice, excellent work ethic, passion and
"The NFF and the Nigeria football family mourn the
death of Mr. Oyatogun, a true legend of the journalism profession who carved
his giant footprints in the sands of time through hard work, perseverance, creativity
and doggedness, a statement from the NFF reads.
"We recall that the late Mr. Oyatogun was one of those
showcased as one of the legends of the Federation Cup at the 2013 Grand Finale
in Lagos. We will definitely miss him."
Oyatogun, whose unmistakable voice ruled the airwaves in
Nigeria sports television commentary in the 1970s and 1980s, was said to have breathed
his last at about 7.30am on Friday, 14th February at the General Hospital,
Amadu added that the commitment, diligence and dedication to
duty that ruled late Oyatogun's life are worthy lessons for today's practicing and
"Surely, another big tree has fallen in the Nigeria
sports scene, so soon after we lost Pa John Ojidoh. Our prayer is that Almighty
God will grant the departed eternal rest, and also give the family and friends
he has left behind the fortitude to bear the loss."
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