Code Black as NPFL Gear to Mourn Ogbeide

The entirety of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) strata including coaches, players, officials and fans will honour the demised Lobi Stars Coach, Solomon Ogbeide by wearing black armbands during Matchday 22 fixtures across the country on Sunday, May 26.

The former Sunshine Stars Gaffer reportedly slumped and died shortly after complaining of feeling sick in Makurdi on the morning of his side’s last home fixture of the season.

Consequently, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko who announced the decision, described the news of the Lobi Stars Coach as “a grave loss to the league and hundreds of players he trained in over two decades of his career as a football coach in our league”.

He said the LMC would go to lengths to honour those who have contributed in any capacity to the development of the league.

Aside from wearing armbands, the LMC said: “a minute silence will be observed before kickoff at all the match venues in honour of the veteran coach.”

“Our thoughts are with his immediate family, with players and staff of Lobi Stars and with all the players he impacted their careers”, Dikko continued.

The late Coach guided Lobi Stars to the group stage of this year’s CAF Champions League after the club was declared winner of the 2017/18 NPFL. 

He joined the club in 2017 and has prior to then worked with Julius Berger, the defunct Nigerdock, Warri Wolves and Sunshine Stars amongst others.