The Nigeria Football Federation have expressed their sadness with the passing of former image maker of the body Mr. Austin Mgbolu on Wednesday.
Mgbolu, who served as public relations officer of then NFA between 1993 and 2001, was a highly conscientious, energetic and dedicated professional and left giant marks for predecessors to follow, an NFF press release stated.
Reports said Mgbolu had a major surgery last month and appeared to have regained good health, before complications early on Wednesday morning led to his being rushed to the hospital where he died.
“This is very sad. I pray that God Almighty will protect the family and loved ones he has left behind and give them the fortitude to bear this big loss.
“He was a thorough professional who did his job to the best of his ability and even as an analyst on television, he was forthright and provided wise counsel for the advancement of the Nigeria game. We pray that God will grant him eternal rest,” NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said.
A renowned sportswriter with SportsLink, Mgbolu served with the Nigeria Football Association administrations of Emeka Omeruah (of blessed memory), Abdulmumuni Aminu and Anthony Kojo Williams, and briefly with the board of Brigadier-General Dominic Oneya (rtd) who came into office when Williams was impeached in 2000.