The remains of former Super Eagles Coach, Amodu Shuaibu was yesterday committed to mother earth at his residence in Okpella, Etsako East LGA of Edo state. Well wishers and relatives could hardly hold back their tears.
Amodu’s body had arrived Okpella from Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin at about 12.30 pm and was brought to the inner chambers of his house at about 5.07 pm for burial according to Muslim rites. Between the arrival of the body and the interment, which lasted about five hours, family members, neighbours, journalists and residents of Okpella gathered in the late Amodu’s compound and reflected solemnly on his passage just three days after the death of another former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.
At about 4:00p.m., mother of the late Amodu, who had earlier been taken to the palace of the Okuokpellagbe of Okpella, Alhaji A.Y.E. Dirisu, was returned to the compound after she had been earlier informed of her son’s death.
Members of the Nigerian football community, led by the Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi; Chairman of the Edo Football Association, Frank Ilaboya; a physiotherapist of the national football team, Robinson Okosun as well as other football and sports enthusiasts were in Okpella to pay the former Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Technical Director their last respects.
Top officials of the government of Edo State including Amodu’s cousin, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Kassim Afegbua; Commissioner for Environment, Clement Agba; and other notable personalities from the community, the state and outside the state were joined by hundreds of residents of Okpella to bid the former coach farewell.
Amodu Suaibu is survived by his wife, Kuburat, and seven children; as well as his mother, brother and sisters. May his soul rest in peace.