Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has sworn in Super Eagles’ former midfielder, Karibe Ojigwe, as the state’s new Commissioner for Sports.
The 44-year-old was one of the 27 commissioners that took the oath of office in Umuahia, and a member of the Golden Eaglets that won the 1993 U-17 World Cup in Japan.
Ojigwe who played 17 times for Nigeria, scoring two goals, was sworn in on Tuesday at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia by Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, alongside 26 others to serve in the State Executive Council.
He was a member of the FIFA U-17 World Cup winning team assembled by Coach Fanny Amun in 1993. Ojigwe began his career with Enyimba before moving to Europe after the FIFA cadet tournament in Japan.
He joined FC Kaiserslautern of Germany in 1995 before moving to Koln FC on loan in the 1999/2000 season. After a return of form with the Bundesliga 2 side, Ojigwe refused to return to his parent club and instead moved to Champions League participant Bayer 04 Leverkusen for a transfer fee of about €1.75 million.
At Leverkusen, he was part of the squad that narrowly lost the 2001/2002 UEFA Champions League final to Real Madrid in Glasgow. At senior international level, Ojigwe, who made 17 appearances for the Super Eagles, featured at the Mali 2002 African Cup of Nations in which Nigeria won the bronze medal.