NFF, Oliseh, others mourn Shuaibu Amodu

NFF, Oliseh, others mourn Shuaibu Amodu
June 12 05:34 2016

Reactions have continued to trail the demise of four-time Super Eagles coach, Amodu Shuaibu who died on Saturday at the age of 58.

The news of his sudden death added to the shock of sports-loving Nigerians a few days after former captain and coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi also passed away.

President of the Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick said on his twitter handle that Amodu’s death came as a shock to him especially at a time the country was still mourning the late Stephen Keshi.

“This is one
tragedy too many. We are still
talking about Keshi’s death, and
now Amodu is gone. I’m short of
words.”

Former captain and coach of the team, Sunday
Oliseh and player Elderson
Echiejile also described 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.”

On his part, Oliseh, who played under
Amodu described his death death as a
horrible news.

“Waking up to another
devastating horrible news:
Amodu Shuaibu, former coach of
Nigeria is proclaimed dead! First
Keshi and now this. God help us!”
Oliseh tweeted.

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 had led
BCC Lions of Gboko 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.