By Henry Umoru
SENATE President, David Mark has said that the late former Falcons’ coach, Joseph Ladipo otherwise called ‘Jossy Lad’ left behind a positive legacy and a footprint in the sands of time.
In a condolence message to the government and people of Oyo state over his death, Senator Mark described late Ladipo as a patriotic Nigerian who brought the country to the limelight through the exploits of the Falcons.
In a message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, Senate President Mark said, “ Jossy Lad exhibited high sense of discipline and upheld high moral standard both as a player and a coach,” attributes he added made him excel in his various assignments.
”Jossy Lad’s death has created a vacuum especially in soccer administration in Nigeria. We have lost a patriot and a forthright administrator. We cannot forget in a hurry his successes as the Falcons’ handler”, Senator Mark lamented.
Also yesterday, Sports Minister and Chairman of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Bolaji Abdullahi described as ‘shocking’ the news of the death of Jossy Lad.
The Minister lamented that the death of the late coach coming at a time such as this in sporting development of Nigeria was indeed “a big loss” not only to his immediate family or Oyo State, but the whole country at large, especially the football family.
It will be recalled that during a visit to the coach Jossy Lad at the University College Hospital in Ibadan recently, Abdullahi presented him with the sum of Five Hundred Thousand naira (N500,000.00) only to assist in offsetting his bills and directed the zonal co-ordinator of the NSC in Ibadan to update him on his progress.
“The Minister extends the condolences of the NSC to the government and people of Oyo State and also prays that the Almighty will give the family of late Coach Jossy Lad the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss and grant his soul eternal repose,” a statement from the NSC said.