Reactions have been pouring in over the demise of late Super Eagles Coach, Shuaibu Amodu, with the likes of Coach Sunday Oliseh and player Elderson Echiejile describing the death as shocking and painful.
Echiejile wrote on twitter: “Another big loss! This is shocking, I can’t believe it. He was a disciplinarian, father and a mentor.”
Also, another former Eagles coach, Oliseh, who played under Amodu described the death as a horrible news.
“Waking up to another devastating horrible news: Amodu Shuaibu, former coach of Nigeria is proclaimed dead! 1st Keshi and now this. God help us!” Oliseh also posted on his twitter page.
The NFF President Amaju Pinnick on his part said: “This is another tragedy too many. We are still talking about Keshi’s death, and now Amodu is gone. I’m short of words.”
The Nigeria football family and indeed the sports fraternity have been hit badly with this latest tragedy.
Coach Amodu, who had the highest number of stints as Nigeria national team coach — having been employed as handler for the team on four different occasions — was confirmed dead on Saturday morning as he failed to wake up from his sleep.
As stated by the Nigeria Football Federation, the 58-year old complained of chest pains before going to bed Friday night but did not wake afterwards.
In November 1994, Amodu first managed the Super Eagles in an international friendly with England in which his team lost 0-1.
He took charge of the Super Eagles on four occasions in 1994 as well as in 1997, 2001 and then between 2008 and 2010.
During these stints, Amodu and late Stephen Keshi worked together as Nigeria’s head coach and assistant coach respectively at the 2002 edition of the African Cup of Nations in Mali.
Amodu first hugged the limelight when he led BCC Lions to win the 1990 African Cup Winners Cup (now Caf Confederation Cup).
The Coach against all odds also guided the Nigerian men’s national team to the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals after it looked impossible to qualify following a poor start to the qualification series in Africa.
Sadly, he was denied opportunity to lead the Eagles to the football showpiece as he and his assistants were sacked on the eve of the Korea/Japan 2002 World Cup with Coach Adegboye Onigbinde hurriedly brought in to take his place.
Until his death, Amodu was the technical director of the NFF.
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