Lightening has struck the same place twice! It’s been barely three days since the Nigerian Super Eagles lost their former head coach, Stephen Keshi and today, it’s been reported that Shuaibu Amodu, another of the team’s former head coach is dead!
According to the NFF twitter handle, Shuaibu Amodu died in his sleep on Friday night at his house in Benin City, after complaining of chest pains. He was 58.
Benin City, Edo state is the same place Keshi lost his life after being rushed to the hospital as a result of cardiac arrest.
Confirming the news, the NFF Secretary General Dr Mohammed Sanusi said;
That is Correct, He slept and could not wake up.
Shuaibu Amodu who was a five-time head coach of the Super Eagles team was at the time of his passing the Technical Director of The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF). He was appointed to the position on April 2016.
Late Keshi and Amodu were friends and worked together as coach and assiatant coach, leading the Super Eagles to third place at the African Cup of Nations 2002. Together, the duo also landed the Super eagles a group at the 2002 World Cup, but unfortunately, they were fired before the tournament began.
ABOUT Shuaibu Amodu
He was born on April 1958. He played football as a striker for Dumez and Nigeria Tornadoes but unfortunately, a broken leg ended Amodu’s playing career.
He began his coaching career with Nigerian club side BCC Lions, who under his leadership won the 1990 African Cup, now Caf Confederation Cup. Shuaibu Amodu coached other clubs like Nigeria’s El-Kanemi Warriors and Shooting Stars and South Africa’s prestigious Orlando Pirates.
After being sacked during his fourth spell with the Super eagles on February 2010, Amodu was reappointed on October 2014 to replace his friend Stephen Keshi, after Keshi was sacked yet again, Amodu assumed the position but was later replaced by Sunday Oliseh.