Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (left); former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo (2nd right) and Deacon Victor Durodola during a Novelty Match organised by the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) to commemorate the former President's 78th birthday at the Fun Turf Centre in M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta...Wednesday

The former president thrills at his 78th birthday match as he was the cynosure of all eyes.

“I am satisfied and fulfilled, even at my age I cherish sports, because it is relevant to health and we should all endeavor to engage in sporting activities.”

Decked in yellow jersey and shorts, he took to the football pitch to celebrate his birthday.

His team, OBJ Team, played against the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led Ogun State Executive Team at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta.

The OBJ Team was made up of players from the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL).

In the team were 88-year-old Prof. Akin Mabogunje, who served as the goal keeper, Dr. Femi Olopade and an aide of Obasanjo.

Manning the defence position for the Executive Team were the Secretary to the State Government, Adeoluwa Taiwo and the Chief of Staff, Prof. Ganiu Olatunde.

Obasanjo scored two goals for his team, defeating the Amosun-led team, which recorded one goal at full time.

Notwithstanding his age, the former president demonstrated some smattering of agility and dexterity in ball control, which would have earned him more goals but he lost at least four scoring chances.

The governor was awarded the Most Valuable Player;  Obasanjo won the Golden Boot award and Mabogunje received the Golden Gloves award.

Speaking to reporters after the match, the former President, who was the captain of the team, expressed satisfaction at the game.

He said sports is a necessary exercise for both the old and the young.

source: The Nations

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