Abuja - The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed
sadness over the death of renowned sports administrator, Pa John Ojidoh, who
passed on on Monday night at the age of 87.
NFF President, Aminu Maigari was shocked when told that the foremost
referee, administrator and club owner had departed this world.
"This is very sad news. I spoke with him over the
telephone while we were in South Africa for the 3rd African Nations
Championship, and the General Secretary was always telling me that Pa Ojidoh
called him also to wish the NFF and the team well in the competition. He was
always sending text messages to me, advising on several areas.
"I am in shock. He is one of the most respected former
sports administrators in the country and everyone can testify to his integrity
and dignified bearing. May his soul rest in peace," Maigari said.
Pa Ojidoh, a Justice of the Peace and highly revered
traditional chief in his native Illah, Delta State, was a Chairman of the Old
Bendel State Football Association and was fully involved in the emergence of top
clubs like Bendel Insurance (1994 CAF Cup winners) and New Nigerian Bank FC.
He was a retired FIFA referee and also served the Nigeria
Football Federation in various capacities, including heading the Disciplinary Committee.
Pa Ojidoh remained in high relevance even in retirement,
commentating on sporting issues and advocating for better ways and processes of