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JUST IN: Veteran Nigerian Referee Festus Okubule Is Dead



Festus Bolaji Okubule One of Nigeria’s celebrated former referee, has died.

His death in a Lagos hospital took place at about 5.50pm this Tuesday.

His death occurred after he took ill shortly after his 80th birthday which was quietly marked at his Lagos home on 14 March.

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He was the second Nigerian referee to officiate at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, 1986 after the pioneering effort of Sunny Woghiren at the 1974 edition which was also held in Egypt.

Okubule, popularly called ‘Show Boy’ for his dramatic demonstration of actions that led to his calls and whistling, refereed the Senegal 2-0 defeat of Mozambique at the 10 March 1986 Africa Cup of Nations duel at the Cairo International Stadium.

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