Victor Adewale Sessi (1943-2018)
Victor Adewale Sessi hailed from Ganho Quarters in Badagry, Lagos State. He died on May 29, 2018 at the age of 75. Born on June 12, 1943, at Ebute Metta, he went to St Pauls’ Catholic School and had his secondary education at Metropolitan College, Surulere, Lagos.He began his football career at the Principals’ Cup, from where he was taken to Isale gangan to play Felele Football.
In 1961, he worked with Lagos Municipal Transport Services (LMTS) and was introduced to play for Lagos City Council (LCC). After playing for a season, he joined the Nigerian Port Authority (NPA), from where he was invited to represent the state.
In 1967, he joined ECN Team and was also called to the Green Eagles Camp that same year. He went to Mexico for the Olympic Games in 1968 and at ECN, he was part of the squad that won the Challenge Cup in 1970. His squad won Ghana at the Liberty Stadium in 1969 after 10 years of Ghana’s dominance over Nigeria.
He was given a scholarship in 1975 by ECN to learn coaching in Hungary (Budapest). When he came back, he was employed by the Lagos State Sports Council. He worked for several years and later moved to ITT Football Club. He brought ITT from Division 4 to Division 1. That year, MKO Abiola gave him a Peugeot 305 car for his performance. Some of his teammates included Amusa Shittu, Peter Fregene, Paul Hamilton, Joe Eriko, Peter Aneke, Kenneth Olayombo and Lawrence Amokachi among others.
Funeral rites for him begin with a Christian wake on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at his residence, 22, Adepeju Ajayi Street, Igando Egan, Lagos at 5.00p.m. He will be buried on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Atan Cementery, Yaba, after a funeral service at St. John’s Catholic Church, Ikotun-Igando Road, Lagos. Reception follows at Yard 158 Event Centre, Plot 34, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.