By Richard Animam
Ex-international Adokie Amiesimaka like most Nigerians was shocked when he heard of the news of the dead ofÂ ex-Green Eagles goalkeeper Best Ogedegbe. This was how Amiesimaka reacted to the demise of Ogedegbe,Â “What a shame! My commiseration to his wife, children and relatives.
He served his country creditably for many years culminating in histotric Nations Cup victory in 1980. His memory deserves to be honoured”. Meanwhile, The Nigeria Premier LeagueÂ says itÂ received with great shock at the death of Best Ogedegbe, MON â€“ former goalkeeper of the senior National team, the Green Eagles.
Reacting to his death, the NPL Chairman Chief Oyuki Jackson Obaseki, JP, reflected on Best Ogedegbe commitment to his Fatherland and humility which has handed him with many National laurels and concluded that his death has indeed closed another chapter of Nigeria National football heroes.
The Ex-Green Eagles star was until his death in University Teaching Hospital UCH, Ibadan on Tuesday September 29th, 2009, he played aÂ vital role as goalkeeper in the feat recorded by the Nigeria Green Eagles in winning the Nations Cup for the first time in 1980.
As a goalkeeper of the IICC Shooting, he contributed immensely as the team won the Winners Cup in 1976.
HeÂ served in the capacity of a goalkeeper trainer to the Silver Medal winning Olympic team in 2006Â and also until his death a Premier League outfit, Sharks FC of Port-Harcourt.
â€œA sociable and friendly individual who made himself always available
to assist his country each time he was called upon and his wide range of experience has always assisted us out at critical timesâ€. It is our prayers that Almighty God will grant his family, stakeholder and great football lovers the fortitude to bear this great loss Chief