By Yemi Ojo
HIs name rings a bell in the whole world through sports, especially the game of football (which we called soccer). He has contributed immensely to the growth of the round leather game. He would have been one of the best Presidents of Nigeria Football Federation if given the opportunity to serve his country.
He was a member of the greatest team, the Green Eagles that won the first African Cup of Nations for this country. He also captained the national team for many years before retiring from active soccer. He was in the team that won the first African Winners Cup for this country with the IICC Shooting Stars Football Club.
He is a very jovial person, very compassionate and using his talents to catch them young with his football Academy school in Wasinmi, Abeokuta in Ogun State. Partrick Olusegun Odegbami MON, was born on August 27, 1952 in Lagos. He was brought up in Jos and started his playing career with Housing corporation FC Ibadan.
From there he joined IICC shooting stars . He was with Shooting Stars from 1970 till he retired in 1984, helping them to become the first Nigerian football club to win the African Cup Winners cup in 1976. He made his international debut for Nigeria on October 16, 1976, replacing the injured Baba Otu against Sierra Leone.
He was voted the 3rd best African footballer in 1977, and happens to be in the elite class of players that scored hat trick for Nigeria. He achieved the feat by netting thrice in the 7-1 spanking of Benin Republic In 1978 in Lagos.
Mathematical as he is fondly called is a qualified Mechanical Engineer having graduated from the Ibadan Polytechnic in the 1970s.
He was Nigeria’s top scorer in the 1978 & 1980 African Nations Cups. His two goals demolition of Algeria in the 3-0, 1980 Nations Cup final win for Nigeria, remains one of his greatest performances. .Odegbami captained Nigeria between 1980 and 1981 , and scored 22 goals in 46 matches for the national team then known as the Green Eagles . He is rated as one of the greatest footballers of all time in Nigeria.
Friends, colleagues and Facebook admirers please help me to celebrate this amazing man Mathematical Patrick Olusegun Odegbami (MON) who is celebrating his 68th birthday today.
Odegbami is a household name in the world. Odegbami wore 46 caps and scored 23 goals for the National team the Super Eagles According to Wikipedia’, Odegbami was famous for his skill on the ball, speed and precision of his crosses from the right wing.
As you added another glorious year God will celebrate with you and make his face shine upon you. God will bless your new age as you clocked 68- year on this planet. May the joy that you have spread in the past come back to you on this day. Birthdays are a new start.
A fresh beginning and a time to pursue new endeavors with new goals. You already have a wonderful new goal with the establishment of your SOCA. You are a special person. May your birthday and all of your days be amazing . You will live long to eat the fruits of your labor and you will not labor in vain in Jesus Mighty name.
You will not weep over any of your children. Your seat will not be vacant on the day of your honor..I hope you have an absolutely wonderful birthday filled with happy moments and good times. Congratulations. Hip..Hip…Hurray to our great soccer Ambassador Segun Odegbami.
Yemi Ojo, a former Deputy Editor of Champion Newspaper, writes from Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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