Former Super Eagles coach Amodu Shuaibu has died at the age of 58 in his sleep. He was the only man who has qualified Nigeria for two World Cup finals. How and why did it happen? Read our article to find out everything in details.
Amodu, who coached Nigeria on four different occasions passed away in his sleep in the Southern Nigerian city of Benin, after complaining of chest problems. The death of the Nigeria Football Federation Technical Director comes just days after former Nigeria coach and captain, Stephen Keshi, passed away aged 54 in the same city.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick 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."
Amodu Shuaibu lates news
Abdul-Aziz, Amodu’s son, was shocked when he received the news of his father’s death. He told that nobody even informed him that his father was taken to the hospital. He also added that this year Amodu decided to fast. Abdul-Aziz thinks that it was unnatural because Amodu stopped fasting due to his health condition for the past few years.
Amodu’s cousin, Akuri Afegbua, said the former Eagles coach died after complaints of chest pain and his inability to get the money Nigeria Football Federation owed him. As the federation’s technical director, Amodu was reportedly on N800,000 per month but without an office and official accommodation.
The Edo State Commissioner said that Amodu complained of chest pain, and they called a doctor who checked his blood pressure. The doctor advised Amodu to take his drugs and stop participating in the Ramadan fasting. He was discovered dead in his room at about 4.00 a.m.
Amodu Shuaibu achievments
Amodu began his coaching career with BCC Lions and also handled rivals El-Kanemi Warriors. He is the most decorated coach in Nigerian FA Cup history. He has got a triumph in 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994.
Amodu won the Super Cup in 1989, 1993 and 1994. Also, he was the winner of the Nigeria League and Cup double in 1994. He also managed South African giants Orlando Pirates between 1996 and 1997.
Amodu's corpse was deposited at the morgue of the Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin City. He was buried according to Muslim rites. It happened on Saturday evening in his hometown Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area,
At the same time, the Nigeria Football Federation told about its plans to hold a joint executive committee meeting in honor of Keshi and Amodu.