Published: October 30, 2012
ONIGBINDE, ODEGBAMI For Third BEST OGEDEGBE Memorial LectureThe family of the late Best Ogedegbe and Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Oyo State Chapter have concluded plans to organize the third memorial lecture in remembrance of the former Green Eagles goalkeeper.

The wife of the deceased, Folashade Ogedegbe in Ibadan said the event slated for Tuesday 6th November became necessary, as it’s about the only occasion put in-place in memory of her departed husband who passed away on 28 September 2009.

The FIFA/CAF Instructor Chief Adegboye Onigbinde according to programme released by the family would be Chairman
at the event while a team-mate of the deceased Segun Odegbami would deliver a paper in a lecture titled ‘Life After Football: The Road Roughly Travelled’.

The Deputy Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Babatunde Olaniyan is expected to grace the event as a special guest of honour while the Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Oyo State Dapo Lam-Adesina would also be a special guest at the lecture scheduled for 11: am at D’Rovans Hotel’s Odedeme Hall.

BestOgedegbe came into limelight during the Nations cup hosted and won by Nigeria in 1980 when he was chosen ahead of the popular Emmanuel Okala by Coach Otto Gloria who led Nigeria to her first Nations Cup Gold. He also represented Nigeria at the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

A recipient of the M.O.N, Best Ogedegbe was the first choice goalkeeper at IICC Shooting Stars (now 3SC) and was a member of the prestigious IICC squad that won Nigeria’s first continental laurel in 1976, after he proceeded to Abiola Babes
of Abeokuta from where he retired from active football to begin a coaching career.

Akanbi Agiri

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