Nigerian football and the entire sports community in the country has lost another big figure. A former manager of the Nigerian Super Eagles and Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Coach Amodu Shuaibu has passed on at the age 58.
Coach Shuaibu managed the Super Eagles team thrice in his career: April 2001 to February 2002, April 2008 to February 2010 and finally October 2014 to July 2015, taking over from the Late Coach Stephen Keshi.
Amodu’s death was announced via the The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) official twitter page.
Amodu’s death comes three days after the death of another former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.
The three–time coach of the Super Eagles was said to have complained of chest pains on Friday night, June 10 and died shortly afterwards in his sleep.
Amodu died in Benin, three days after the death of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi, who also died in Benin.
The late Amodu had contributed greatly to the development of football in Nigeria, leading the nation’s national team to third place at the African Cup of nations tournament twice – in 2002 and again in 2010.
Coach Amodu Shuaibu Passes On
Shuaibu Amodu led the Super Eagles to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa but Amodu was sacked despite the team’s third-place finish at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola that year.
Amodu Shuaibu was fired twice in his career preceding a World Cup tournament – first was in 2002 ahead of the Japan and South Korea co-hosted edition after Nigeria finished third at the 2002 Nations Cup in Mali and again in 2010 after a third place win at the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
Amodu Shuaibu will be remembered for his contribution towards the development of the beautiful game in Nigeria. Details of his burial arrangements will be made public in the days ahead.