Buhari recalls Odegbami’s dazzling skills, versatility, rejoices with him at 70


President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday shared in the joy of the occasion as Nigeria’s iconic football star, sports administrator and broadcaster, Olusegun Odegbami, turned 70.

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He congratulated the former national team player and his family for many years of service to the nation and humanity.

President Buhari rejoiced with Odegbami for a distinguished career in sports, with eight years as a national team player, 1974-1982, earning the respect of team players and fans, at home and across Africa, particularly for his dazzling skills and accuracy in scoring for which he was nicknamed “Mathematical Odegbami’’.

The President noted the versatility of the former skipper of the Green Eagles, who also served as adviser to the technical crew of national teams, inspired many athletes to stardom, and positioned himself for successes in writing, publishing, acting, broadcasting and farming.

As the respected footballer turned a septuagenarian, President Buhari believed his experience, leadership skills and network of friends across many fields and places remain relevant for growing the country.

President Buhari prayed for longer life, good health and prosperity for Odegbami and his family.