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Another Nigerian Coach Dies
Another Former coach of the Super Eagles, Shuaibu Amodu, has died at the age of 58.
The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, announced this on Saturday morning via its official twitter handle posted on the of on Saturday morning.
According to the brief statement, Amodu, a four-time coach of the national team, died on Friday night shortly after complaining of chest pain.
NFF secretary general, Mohammed Sanusi, also confirmed the sad development.
“That is correct,” Sanusi said, “He slept and he could not wake up.”
Reports say Amodu complained of chest pains before he went to sleep the previous night.
Until his death, Amodu was the Technical Director of the NFF.
His death is coming just as the nation is still mourning the departure of another ex-Super Eagles’ coach Stephen Keshi, who on died in Benin City on Wednesday, aged 54.
Amodu and Keshi worked together as Nigeria’s head coach and assistant coach respectively at the 2002 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.
Amodu took charge of the Super Eagles on four occasions in 1994 and 1995 as well as in 1997, 2001 and 2002 and then between 2008 and 2010.
Highlights of his career include winning the African Cup Winners Cup – known now as the CAF Confederation Cup – with BCC Lions in 1990 and also guiding the Super Eagles to the 2002 FIFA World Cup finals when it seemed impossible to qualify following a poor start to the qualification series in Africa.
Amodu’s burial is scheduled to hold later today according to Islamic rites.