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Olubayo Adefemi

Olubayo Adefemi was a Nigerian footballer born on 13 August 1985

Adefemi’s career began with Bendel Insurance, before being picked up by Asaba-based side Delta Force in 2002. After they saw that he had football skill, he was signed by Israeli side Hapoel Jerusalem.

 

He was a member of the Nigerian ‘Under 20’ Team that came second behind Lionel Messi-led Argentina Team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. Adefemi played 5 out of the six matches Nigeria played, scoring 1 goal during the march against Morocco in the semi-final.

 

Adefemi became a central component of the U20 team, and then the Olympic team in 2008, opening the scoring in the semi-final victory over Belgium. The versatile defender made his debut for the Super Eagles senior side in 2009, setting up a goal for Michael Eneramo.

He made his Senior National Team debut against Ireland on 29 May 2009.  He played his second senior game against France in a game that Nigeria won, contributing to Nigeria’s qualification for the 2010 World Cup.

 

On 18 April 2011, he passed on following a car accident while driving on Egnatia Odos, near the city of Kavala, Greece. He was on his way to Nigeria in order to finalize details of his wedding.

 

His Awards

  • Vice World Champion 2005 U-20
  • Israeli F.A cup winner with Hapoel Tel Aviv 2006
  • Silver Medalist  at the 2008 Olympics

 

 

Sources

www.goal.com

en.wikipedia.org

Image Credit

www.goal.com

www.heraldsun.com.au