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Shuaibu Amodu – Ex-Super Eagles coach – is dead [update]


Ex-Super Eagles coach, Shuaibu Amodu is dead

Former Super Eagles coach, Amodu Shuaibu is dead.

His death is coming barely three days after the death of Stephen Keshi who was also national team coach of the Super Eagles.

Tragedy hit Nigeria football again as the former Super Eagles coach died unexpectedly.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced Saturday that Amodu, 58, died after complaining of chest problems.

On Wednesday, Keshi, 54, died suddenly in the southern Benin City.

Amodu, four-time Super Eagles coach, also died in his sleep in the same city.

Following the sack of Dutchman Bonfrere Jo in the middle of the country’s 2002 World Cup qualifying campaign, Amodu was called upon.

He qualified Nigeria for the competition staged in South Korea and Japan. 

He was, however, shown the exit door after leading the Super Eagles to a third place finish at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations in Mali.

On April 10, 2008, he was name head coach of the country’s senior national team alongside Daniel Amokachi, Alloy Agu and Fatai Amoo.

They were tasked with qualifying the country for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa. 

Again, he was fired after the Super Eagles settled for bronze at the 2010 Afcon in Angola.

Amodu, who qualified Nigeria to two World Cups, in 2002 and 2010, was to have replaced Sunday Oliseh, who quit as the country’s coach in February, but he declined on health grounds.

The top coach was recently appointed Nigeria technical director.

Senior football officials told AFP Amodu was hypertensive and had been on medication.

Keshi assisted Amodu when Nigeria qualified for the 2002 World Cup.

Amodu rose to prominence when he guided BCC Lions of Gboko to win the Africa Cup Winners Cup in 1991.

He was subsequently rewarded with leading the Super Eagles in 1994.

He would take up this post at least three other times during which time he qualified the country to two World Cups.

But on both occasions he was not the man in charge at the final tournaments.

He also handled top South African club Orlando Pirates between 1996 and 1997.

(Contribution from AFP)

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