Former Nigeria goalkeeper Best Ogedegbe tragically passed away on Monday night after being in a coma for a week following an eye operation at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
“It is very sad but Ogedegbe is no longer with us. I visited him yesterday (Monday), but his wife informed me of his death this morning,” a top official of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Taiwo Ogunjobi, confirmed to Goal.com.
A family member had earlier this week disclosed that Ogedegbe was moved to the intensive unit of the hospital, where he was kept alive with the aid of a life support machine.
“He was in a coma since last Monday, when he underwent corrective eye surgery,” said a family member.
Ogedegbe was one of the heroes when Nigeria won their first ever Africa Cup of Nations on home soil in 1980. He was preferred by Brazilian coach Otto Gloria to man goal for Nigeria ahead of the popular Emmanuel Okalla.
Four years earlier, he featured for the Shooting Stars, who became the first Nigerian club to win the African Cup Winners’ Cup.
He has worked as a coach with the country’s youth team and only recently signed a deal to train Premier League club Sharks of Port Harcourt.