Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Oyo State, Abayomi Oke, has paid tribute to Dejo Fayemi, former Red Devils (now Super Eagles) striker, describing Fayemi as a committed sportsman, whose contribution to the development of football in Nigeria would be remembered.
Fayemi, who died in his sleep at age 83 scored on his debut when Nigeria beat Ghana for the first time. He was among the first set of Nigerian footballers who travelled to England in 1961 to play professional football.
In 1961, he scored as Nigeria beat their hosts in an invitational match to mark Sierra Leone’s Independence Day celebration. He scored a goal when the Liberty Stadium (now Obafemi Awolowo Stadium) was officially opened in 1958.
The deceased’s eldest daughter, Kemi, said her father did not show any sign of ailment days before he breathed his last.
She said, “My father ate the amala I prepared for him on the night before he died and he joked with his grandchildren before he went to bed. We expected him to come out of his room in the morning but he did not. When we got inside, we discovered that he was dead. We shall miss him.”