Barely 3 days after the sad death of Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi, Nigeria loses another former Super Eagles Coach, Amodu Shuaibu.
Amodu Shuaibu was born on April 18, 1958. He was reported dead today, June 11, 2016, in Benin city. He is recognized as a 4-time coach of the Nigerian national football team. He has managed over 4 soccer teams in the course of his career.
He has managed South Africa’s Orlando Pirates and Nigerian clubs like BCC Lions, El-Kanemi Warriors, and Shooting Stars.
Till the time of his death, he was the technical director of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). In his younger days the reputable Nigerian coach played as a striker for the Dumez and Niger Tornadoes. He quit playing the moment he broke his leg.
Just like Stephen Keshi, coach Amodu Shuaibu is suspected to have died of a cardiac arrest. Report says he complained of a chest pain on Friday night. He died in his sleep. According to Islamic rights, his remains which has been deposited at the Stella Obasanjo Hospital morgue in Benin City will be buried today.
“When Keshi was admitted, he (Amodu) called me to enquire about his state. He didn’t sound like someone sick”.
-Frank Ilaboya, Edo FA chairman.
From 2001-2002, Amodu was the super Eagles’coach. His dismissal in 2002 was controversial as he considered it “unfair”. In 2008, the contract was renewed. Sadly he was fired in 2010.
Again he became the coach in 2010 and was fired in 2015. That not withstanding the Nigerian top soccer personality made impacts in the world of football.
In 2002 and 2010, he qualified the Nigerian national team for the World Cup. He also led BCC Lions to win the 1989 FA Cup. The following year, he led the club to win the Africa Cup.