Thursday, October 01, 2009

NPL Clubs To Mourn Ogedegbe At Venues

On Saturday and Sunday, clubs scheduled to compete in the Globacom Premier League are expected to observe a one-minute silence for the departed former Nigeria international and Sharks Football Club goalkeeping trainer, Best Ogedegbe (MON).
An official of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) told that a circular is being forwarded to the 14 clubs that would take part in this weekend’s matches to observe the one-minute silence to honour Ogedegbe, who died after complications arising from an eye surgery he undergone last week.
The clubs are Niger Tornadoes, Ranchers Bees, Gateway Football Club, Shharks Football Club, Dolphins Football Club, Kwara United, Wikki Tourists, Ocean Boys, Enyimba, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Sunshine Stars, Lobi Stars, Kaduna United and Enugu Rangers.
The NPL official did not, however, mention whether the clubs are expected to wear black armbands to signify the mourning of the former Green Eagles’ goalkeepers.
In its official statement, the Premier League board through its chairman, Oyuki Obaseki, described the late Nigerian goalkeeper as an amiable individual with lots of experience at his disposal.
“A sociable and friendly individual who made himself always available
to assist his country each time he was called upon and his wide range
of experience has always assisted us out at critical times,” Obaseki said.
One of the goalkeepers, Sunday Rotimi, who worked with Ogedegbe last season during his stay at Dolphins FC, could not hide his shock at the death of the goalkeeping trainer.
He disclosed that the late goalkeeping trainer was a patient teacher, who ensured that goalkeepers under him got the lessons he dished out during training sessions.
Ogedegbe played a vital role as goalkeeper in the feat recorded by the Nigeria Green Eagles in winning the Nations Cup for the first time in 1980.
As a goalkeeper of the IICC Shooting Stars (now Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), he contributed immensely as the team won the Cup Winners Cup in 1976.
He has serve in the capacity of a goalkeeper trainer to the silver medal winning Olympic team in 2006.

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