Ooni Begins His 43rd Birthday With Novelty Match, receives Super Eagles’ World Cup’s Jersey [pictures+video]

Activities lined up to celebrate the 43rd birthday of Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) kicked off with a novelty football match between ex-Super Eagles International stars and Ife Team last Saturday at the Mainbowl of the Sports Complex, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife.

The match, one of the activities put together by members of the House of Oduduwa- Jide Fadairo, (CEO), Hon. Segun Adebayo (Advisory),  Dewunmi Adediran (COO) and Bukola Ajayi-Obe-Consultant, to celebrate the revered monarch’s birthday,  ended 2-0 in favour of the Super Eagles International was watched by the Ooni who arrived the venue of the match in a Chopper amidst pomp.
The first goal of the match was a penalty scored by the Skipper,  Peter Rufai following infringement of the opponent. The Super Eagles International team also paraded Ike Shorunmu, Mutiu Adepoju, Waheed Akanni, Garuba Lawal, Dimeji Lawal, Taribo West, Gbenga Ogunowo, Ifeanyi Udeze, Uche Okechukwu, Muyiwa Lawal alongside their coach, Adeboye Onigbinde.
The Skipper, Rufai also scored the second goal towards the end of the second half of the match,  the spectators claimed was exciting.
“Ooni said the players may have retired but they’re not tired, and there’s more for them to do and to help refocus and in the  reorientation of Nigerian youths.”
Delivering his speech after the first half of the match, the Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede commended the Ooni for the initiative and for bringing the ‘ Royal Football Match’ to the university. He recalled that the football pitch was formerly a training ground for the Super Eagles in the past.
The former International players led by Rufai formally  presented a customized Super Eagles Jersey worn during the World Cup tournament in Nigerian colours with their autographs and the inscription of the Monarch’s title, OJAJA II to him.
In appreciation of the gesture, Ooni promised to create a special room to display the Jersey in his palace for tourists and visitors to see.
The players were later hosted in the Palace to a private dinner alongside special guests.
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