Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan has expressed shock over the death of veteran sports administrator John Ojidoh who passed on Monday night at the age of 88.

Uduaghan, several times, made a Ojidoh a reference point in sports and even considered citing a football academy in his Illah Town in Delta.

Illah has produced the likes of Tony Igwe, Mathew Onyeama and Stephen Keshi who all captained the national team.

“It is with a great sense of loss that we are now talking about this great man in the past,” Udughan said, adding, “he was into track and field, football both as a coach and later as an officiating official. He ended up a great sports administrator and even when he, for age reasons, left sports administration, he made valuable commentaries in the media. His place in Nigerian sports will be difficult to fill. We will sorely miss him. My condolences are to the family and the entire Nigerian sports family.”

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