NFF mourns late sports administrator, Pa Ojidoh
The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday expressed sadness over
the death of renowned sports administrator, Pa John Ojidoh, who passed
on Monday night at the age of 87.
NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari, was shocked when told that the
foremost referee, administrator and club owner had departed this
“This is very sad news. I spoke with him over the telephone while we
were in South Africa for the 3rd African Nations Championship, and the
General Secretary was always telling me that Pa Ojidoh called him also
to wish the NFF and the team well in the competition. He was always
sending text messages to me, advising on several areas.
“I am in shock. He is one of the most respected former sports
administrators in the country and everyone can testify to his
integrity and dignified bearing. May his soul rest in peace,” Maigari
Pa Ojidoh, a Justice of the Peace and highly revered traditional chief
in his native Illah, Delta State, was a Chairman of the Old Bendel
State Football Association and was fully involved in the emergence of
top clubs like Bendel Insurance (1994 CAF Cup winners) and New
Nigerian Bank FC.
He was a retired FIFA referee and also served the Nigeria Football
Federation in various capacities, including heading the Disciplinary
Pa Ojidoh remained in high relevance even in retirement, commentating
on sporting issues and advocating for better ways and processes of