A Customary Court in Mapo, Ibadan has dissolved the 30-year-old marriage between Chief Festus Adegboye Onigbinde and his wife Anne, because there was no more love between the two.
President of the court, Ademola Odunade, however, directed the former Super Eagles Technical Adviser to “pay a cash sum of N5,000 to enable Anne move her belongings out of his house.”
According to reports, Onigbinde had gone to the court asking it to dissolve the marriage, saying his wife was ‘a wasteful spender and an unrepentant troublemaker. My lord, with my 79 years of age, I cannot continue to die in silence of Anne’s litany of problems. Among many other troubles I have encountered in the hands of Anne, I have also suffered uncountable financial losses during the process of trying to give Anne means of livelihood so that she wouldn’t be idle’
Adegboye Onigbinde coached Nigeria national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he took over the Nigerian national team after the sack of the coaching crew of Shuaibu Amodu following what was considered a disgraceful performance of the Super Eagles at the 2002 Africa Nations Cup. Mr Onigbinde took a team that consisted largely of young and inexperienced players. But the Japan/South Korea edition was the worst Nigerian performance in the World Cup history: for the first time in this competition, Nigeria did not win a single match and was knocked out of the tournament in the first round.
Mr. Onigbinde remains a highly respected Nigerian soccer tactician. He has served as CAF and FIFA Technical instructor.