Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday showed that he could also have succeded as a footballer if he had not joined the Army.
To commemorate his 78th birthday, he led a team from the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in a novelty football mach against the team of Ogun State Government led by the governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun. Venue was the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta.
At the end of the match Obasanjo’s team beat the state government team 2-1.
The two goals were scored by Obasanjo while the Special Assistant to the governor on Special Duties scored the only goal for the government team.
The first half of a 60-minute of play was goalless, as both team lost scoring chances. Obasanjo who displayed some dexterity on the field of play lost about four scoring chances.
But the OOPL team rebound in the second half with players such as Prof. Akin Mabogunje, 88-year-old Dr. Femi Olopade, and one of aides of the former president, Vitalis among others, gave the Amosun-led team a tough time.
Mabogunje was a capable hand in goal.
Helping the Amosun’s team on the defensive, were the secretary to the state government, Adeoluwa Taiwo, and the state chief of staff, Prof. Ganiu Olatunde among others.
The Five-a-Side match ended with Obasanjo, Amosun and Mabogunje winning golden boots, Most Valuable Player and Golden Gloves awards respectively.