Greek club fails in pledge to late soccer star

The family of late Adefemi Olubayo are yet to get the entitlement due to their son from Greek Club, Xanthi Skoda, one year after the painful death of the former Super Eagles defender.

Abiodun Adefemi, the elder brother of Olubayo revealed this to Premium Times in a chat at the one year memorial service held on Thursday for Olubayo at the Atan cemetery, Yaba where he was buried.
Abioudun blamed some bureaucratic bottle necks for the delay while adding that the family might engage the services of a lawyer to help them get what rightly belongs to them.
“His entitlement is still with them, there was a match they even played in his name to raise funds but till now we have not gotten anything” he explained.
 “They are saying that we have to go through some processes and do this and that. As a family we are already considering getting a lawyer to help pursue our case. I know what they are owing him, what he has in his account, they are all in black and white so there cannot be dispute. Actually it is not the amount that matters but the fact that it is his sweat; he worked for it, it’s not that you are just giving us charity. We will make sure we go the whole mile to get what duly belongs to him” he said.
Olubayo joined Xanthi in 2010 and made 24 appearances for the modest Greek club scoring twice during hi short spell with the team.
The memorial service
Meanwhile, it was a solemn atmosphere at the Atan Cementry, Yaba Lagos as fans and family members gathered to observe the one year memorial service for former Super Eagles defender Adefemi Olubayo.
Former Super Eagles forward, Victor Ikpeba, and a member of the technical committee of the Nigeria Football Federation were part of the few visitors who came around to remember the fallen hero and also bring goodwill messages from the NFF.
The ex-Monaco of France star described Olubayo as a humble player who was destined for the top but unfortunately taken away by the cruel hands of death.
“I have had course to be with Olubayo a couple of times and I marvel at his simplicity, we at the NFF are with you the family as you remember his one year exit, if there is anything you want from us please do not hesitate” Ikpeba said.
Adewara Clement of the Celestial Church of Christ led a short service at the grave side where he again reiterated the need to live a life worthy of emulation. At the end of the short service, family members laid a funeral wreath on the grave of Adefemi Olubayo and there was also an exhibition of Olubayo’s team Jerseys, photo collection and boots.

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

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