21st April, 2011
To the family, friends and fans of former Super Eagles defender, Adefemi Olubayo, who passed on to the great beyond on Monday, it is as if the former Xanti of Greece defender is merely asleep. But they are now coming to terms with the reality they would not be able to see him speak, eat with him or see him do what he loved to do: playing football.
In his country home located in Ikorodu, Lagos South West, Nigeria people are still visiting there to sympathise with the family of the deceased.
When P.M Sports visited to also sympathise with the family of the bereaved, aged mother and other family members, who he left behind were seen seated and trying to come to terms that they wonâ€™t be able to see their departed son and breadwinner of the family. While some sympathisers took time to sign the condolence register, some were in tears, while others were discussing how death came to steal their loved one.
Mrs. Titilayo popularly known as Mama Oyinbo, mother of the former Bolougne of France defender was still in tears as she had been dealt a terrible blow with the death of her son.
When P.M. Sports tried to know how she has been feeling since the demise of her son, she could hardly speak because she was still in tears. Some of the family members who could not control their emotions joined her.
After a lot of persuasion, she gathered herself together and told P.M. Sports that her sonâ€™s death deprived her of happiness, which every mother desires. Even in tears, she still described her late son as humble, respectful and godfearing.
â€œWhat do you want me to say? she asked.
â€œMy son is dead. I cannot forget 18 April 2011 in a hurry That was and would be my saddest day in life. day I will never forget throughout my life. It was that Monday that his father clocked 10 years and four month he died,â€ she said.
The mother said the most painful thing was that Olubayo, had not waited to eat the fruit of his labour.Olubayo faced a lot of challenges when he started his football career years back. His late father who happened to be a military officer then, did not support Olubayo to play football instead, prefered him to go to school. When his father discovered that Olubyao remained adamant, he threatened to disown him, yet he remained focus and at the long run his efforts and struggle paid off when he was invited to the Flying Eagles that went to FIFA World Youth Championship held in The Netherland in 2005.
His performance at the WYCin Holland caught the attention of the foreign scouts , who chase him after the tourney. He got an offer to play Isreal with Hapoel Tel Aviv FC and it was later he played for Boulogne FC of France before he finally moved to Skoda Xanthi FC of Greece.
â€œOlubayo suffered,because his late father never wanted him to play football from the onset. At times, his father flogged him to discourage him from playing football. His brothers and sisters always gave him support which helped him. It is unfortunate that he died when he started to enjoy his fruit of labour,â€ she lamented.
She said the family will miss him for his humility, accommodating and generosity.Olubayo was described by members of his family as being very generous and religious.â€ He is a God fearing person and humble to everybody. Whenever he was around, he always went to church and find time to discuss with members of the family before he went back,â€ she retorted.
She lamented to P.M. Sports that the death of Olubayo will make him to continue to praise and worship God throughout her life.
â€œ I will not allow my sonâ€™s death to affect my commitment to God. I will continue to praise him and pray that God should protect the entire family (Amen) â€œShe concluded