It was a mournful Thursday night in Ibadan after news of shooting stars also known as 3SC general manager’s death broke on social media.
Rasheed Balogun who had been managing the Ibadan-based football club for almost eight years, reportedly died at the age of 62, after spending weeks in the hospital, treating an undisclosed illness.
A close source to the family said, “We lost the 3SC GM a few hours ago. May he rest in peace”.
Sadly, his death came as a huge shock to the football family, just a few months after the Oluyole soccer lords got a promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, 5 years after slipping to the Nigeria National League.
The Chairman, Ibadan Football Association, Mr Rotimi Alli broke the news of his death on the 3SC WhatsApp platform.
He wrote, “Innalilai wa Innalilai rajiun. We lost 3SC General manager a few minutes ago. May the soul of our beloved Mr Rasheed Balogun rest in peace and may Almighty Allah accept his soul into Aljanah”.
Rasheed Balogun was appointed as the General Manager for Shooting Stars Sports Club, in 2014 by the Oyo State government.
Balogun had worked with Dolphins of Port Harcourt as Team Manager and left Sunshine Stars in the same capacity before he was called upon by the state government to help salvage 3SC that got demoted from the top flight the previous season.