“He Screamed Yeh And Went Down” – How Brilliant Sports Personality, Deji Tinubu Slumped And Died On The Field

Tributes have continued to pour in following the shocking and sudden death of popular Nigerian sports personality and administrator, Deji Tinubu.

52-year-old Deji Tinubu was on the football pitch during a match on Thursday night when he suddenly slumped.

This was an unusual sight for all present as Deji was a sports enthusiast and one to be considered fit judging by his frequent participation in sporting events.

The tragedy took place at the ongoing retreat of members of the Lagos state executive council and permanent secretaries at the Jubilee Chalets, Epe.

A commissioner told TheCable: “He was arguably the fittest in the cabinet. He always played the central role in sports activities organised for the exco — he would get us boots, jerseys and such stuff.

“When he grabbed his chest during the five-a-side game at the retreat and screamed ‘yeh’ and went down, I knew something terrible had happened. If he had simply slumped, that would be a different feeling.”

Ironically, because it was an exco activity, all medical help was in place — doctors, nurses, and ambulances.

Doctors and nurses rushed to give him first aid. In fact, his uncle, Jide Idris — the state commissioner for health — was in the stands, and was one of the people who applied first aid. Tinubu could not be revived.

He was taken to the General Hospital, Epe where he was confirmed dead.

DT, as he was popularly called, was very instrumental to the development of Lagos state sports from the grassroots. He eventually became a board member of the NFF. He was part of the think-thank that shocked Africa as Nigeria against all odds won the African Cup of Nations in South Africa in 2013.

He served as chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission before he was elected as a member of the NFF executive committee in 2010. He served as chairman of the marketing and sponsorship committee under the Aminu Maigari administration from 2010-2014.

As special adviser on sports to Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, he helped actualise the hosting of the 2nd CAF Beach Soccer Cup of Nations in the state in December 2016. He had also been in the forefront of other projects in which Lagos state was partnering the NFF before he was posted from sports to commerce, industry and cooperatives on January 19, 2018.

The late Deji Tinubu, owner of Lagos Athletico football club, was the son of late Kafaru Tinubu, one of Nigeria’s foremost police officers. He is survived by an aged mother, Bintu Tinubu and wife, Yemisi.

He will be buried on Tuesday, the 30th of January.

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