Patrick Olusegun Odegbami, often shortened Segun Odegbami is a former Nigeria international footballer who played as a forward. He’s nicknamed “Mathematical” because of his precise style of play. He was famous for running down the flanks with the ball to prevent opposing defenders for getting it. Odegbami is regarded as one of the greatest Nigerian players of all-time.
Segun Odegbami was brought up in the northern city of Jos, Plateau state. He won 46 caps and scored 23 goals for the Green Eagles team, and guided Nigeria to it’s first Africa Cup of Nations triumph at the 1980 tournament at home soil. Nicknamed ” Mathematical” , he was famous for his skills on the ball, speed and precision of his crosses from the right flank. He played for IICC Shooting Stars of Ibadan his entire career, from 1970 – 1984. His last game was the 1984 African Champions Cup final defeat to Zamalek of Egypt.
The original source of the nickname ” Mathematical” was because Segun Odegbami attended and graduated from Nigeria’s Premier Technical Institution, The Polytechnic, Ibadan where he studied Engineering. His younger brother, Wole Odegbami, is also a former national team player. Segun is currently a Columnists in Nigeria. He played a game for Charity with the much loved Chief Zebrudaya and donated all his winnings to the Little Saints Orphanage on the Strong Tower Mission.
Segun Odegbami is a legend in African football.
Author: James Osondu
Sofia Bureau Chief- Bulgaria