FOOTBALL HISTORY CAME TO THE VILLA
He started as a schoolboy goalkeeping hero. Then he joined the then WNDC Football Club, where he became the number one goalkeeper. The team metamorphosed into IICC Shooting Stars Football Club, where he was part of the team that won the first ever international soccer laurel for Nigeria in 1976. The Cup Winners Cup competition. In 1975, he had also got a call up to the then Green Eagles, now Super Eagles.
His name? Zion Ogunfeyimi, super goalkeeper, whom I first got to know at close quarters as a secondary schoolboy in 1975.
Zion was succeeded as Shooting Stars goalkeeper by Best Ogedegbe, now of blessed memory.
Knocking hard at 71, the man is not looking bad at all. All the way from Akure, Ondo State, he climbed the hills and the valleys, and came to see me at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja. When he walked into my office, it was football history that walked in. I saluted him the same way as I used to do 46 years ago Z for Zion.
It was, indeed, a blast from the past.
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