Mgbolu’s death, a colossal loss to Nigerian sports – Hon Gaiya

Mgbolu’s death, a colossal loss to Nigerian sports – Hon Gaiya

By Taofeek Lawal, Abuja

The death last week of a former spokesperson of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Austin Mgbolu, has been described as a huge loss to Nigerian sports fraternity. Mgbolu who served as the public relations officer of the then NFA between 1993 and 2001 died from complications from an earlier surgery.

Speaking with AljazirahNigeria Sports in a phone interview, a former chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Ali Gaiya said Mgbolu’s death came when his services were needed most by Nigerian sports administrators especially as the Super Eagles step up their preparations for the World Cup.

He described Mgbolu as a man with vast knowledge of football administration who not only criticize but proffer solutions to problems.

“Mgbolu was a close friend and I never knew he was down. We had on several occasions been together to analyze sports on television and he was a wonderful individual with a potpourri of ideas on how to run Nigerian football. His death coming at this time was a big shock to me personally but we cannot question God. This is the time that Nigerian football needed him most being a World Cup year. I commiserate with the family he left behind and pray that God will repose his soul, ”Gaiya said.

The former federal lawmaker, however, wants Mgbolu’s name to be immortalized by naming a competition after him so that generation unborn can read about him.

“It won’t be out of place to name a national competition after him based on his contribution to sports especially football development in Nigeria,” Gaiya added.

Mgbolu served under late Emeka Omeruah (1993 – 1997), Abdulmumini Aminu (1997 – 1999), Kojo Williams (1999), Dominic Oneya (1999 – 2002) and Ibrahim Galadima (2002 – 2006).

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