Nigerian Football family was again
thrown into mourning on Wednesday
after news spread of the death of one –
time image maker of the Nigeria Football
Federation, Mr. Austin Mgbolu.
Mgbolu, who served as public relations
officer of then NFA between 1993 and 2001,
was a highly conscientious, energetic and
dedicated professional and left giant marks
for predecessors to follow.
Reports said Mgbolu had a major surgery
last month and appeared to have regained
good health, before complications early
yesterday morning led to his being rushed
to the hospital where he died.
“This is very sad. I pray that God
Almighty will protect the family and loved
ones he has left behind and give them the
fortitude to bear this big loss.
“He was a thorough professional who
did his job to the best of his ability and
even as an analyst on television, he was
forthright and provided wise counsel for
the advancement of the Nigeria game. We
pray that God will grant him eternal rest,”
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed
Sanusi, said.
Nicknamed ‘Booster’ for his
magnanimity and encouragement of
younger professionals, Mgbolu served
with the administrations of Sampson
Emeka Omeruah (of blessed memory),
Abdulmumuni Aminu and Anthony Kojo
Williams, and briefly with the board of
Brigadier –General Dominic Oneya (rtd)
who came into office when Williams was
impeached in 2000.

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