The family of Nigeria’s first Member of the FIFA Executive Committee and a former Secretary General of then Nigeria Football Association, late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo, with the support of the Nigeria Football Federation, will on Saturday honour the former football administrator of repute in his hometown of Calabar, Cross River State.
The occasion falls on the very day that the honorary Life Vice President of the Confederation of African Football would have turned 100 years old if he were still alive.
Tagged ‘Posthumous Centenary Birthday/Immortalisation of Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo (Mr Football)’, the day’s programme starts with a memorial service at the Duke Town Presbyterian Church, Eyamba Street, Calabar at 10am, with the train to immediately after, move to the unveiling ceremony of the tombstone.
The launching of a book containing the essays of the late sage on Nigeria football and Nigeria sports in general will hold after the unveiling of the tombstone.
The late Etubom Oyo Orok Oyo was the longest-serving Secretary-General of then NFA, was the first Nigerian ever to be elected into the CAF Executive Committee (1972-1998) and also the first Nigerian ever to be elected into the FIFA Executive Committee (now FIFA Council) where he served between 1980 and 1988.
He was also the first Nigerian to be made honorary Life Vice President of CAF, and was awarded the FIFA Order of Merit in Gold at a ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland in the year 2000.