Ace Footballer, Sam Ojebode, Is Dead

Sam Ojebode NAN – One of Nigeria’s finest footballers in the 70s and 80s, Sam Ojebode, has died in Ibadan, Oyo State of cancer of the lungs.

Ojebode died on Wednesday morning at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, after being bedridden for sometime.

The Oyo State Commissioner for Sports, Dapo Lam Adesina, had on Tuesday paid him a visit at the hospital.

Ojebode was part of the Shooting Stars Football Club team that won, for the first time for Nigeria, the prestigeous African Cup Winners Cup in 1976.

It was Nigeria’s first continental trophy.

He was the captain of the team between 1974 and 1980.

His contemporaries then included the Okala brothers.

He was also a member of the then Green Eagles (later renamed Super Eagles), playing in the left full back position.

On retirement from active football, Ojebode coached Shooting Stars FC, now Shooting Stars Sports Club, and also served as chairman of the team’s board.

More details later.

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