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Soccer icon, Ojebode, dies at 68

05 July 2012, 07:25

 Ibadan - Samuel  Ojebode, a former Nigerian International, died on Wednesday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan,  after an unsuccessful battle with a protracted ailment.

His death had thrown Shooting Stars Football Club, where he emerged a prominent defender, into mourning.

The Chairman of  3SC Board, Mr Toyin Akintunde, said on Wednesday in Ibadan that the club received with "rude shock" the death of Ojebode.

"Although, his death came as a  shock, we take solace in the fact that he has gone to rest in the bosom of the lord," Akintunde said in a statement.

Mr Joseph Ladipo, a former Super Falcons coach, told the News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN) that he received the news of Ojebode's death with sadness.

"He was humble, disciplined and committed in whatever he did. He suffered a lot due to the ailment but death is inevitable. We would miss him," he said.

Also commenting on the deceased, Mutiu Adepoju, the Club Manager of 3SC, described the death as  a shock, adding that the late soccer icon suffered a lot.

Commenting on the circumstances that led to the death of the former Green Eagles (now Super Eagles) star, the Oyo State Chairman of  Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Mr Seun Ajayi-Obe, said the deceased had been battling with the ailment for some time.

Ajayi-Obe said Ojebode had earlier undergone surgical operation at UCH and suffered a relapse in February 2011.

"He was placed on oxygen due to the deterioration of his health," he added.

NAN reports that Ojebode played for the Industrial Investment and Credit Corporation now known as 3SC.

He was the captain of the team that defeated the Zamalek of Egypt to win the African Winners Cup in 1976.

The late soccer star also captained the Shooting Stars Club between 1974 and 1980.

Ojebode retired from active football and joined the State Sports Council from where he retired about a  decade ago.

He was also Chairman of the 3SC Board during the 11-month administration of former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Akala

Ojebode was also a member of the then Green Eagles and played in the left full back position.


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