Published on Jun 12, 2016 Greenbarge Reporters
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock over the death of the former Coach of the Super Eagles, Amodu Shuaibu, less than a week after another former Coach, Stephen Keshi died.
Amodu Shuaibu died in his sleep between Friday night and Saturday morning. He has since been buried in his hometown, Okpella, Edo State according to Islamic rites.
President Buhari said that losing another former Super Eagles Coach and Captain, Stephen Keshi, in the same week when Shuaibu died was one tragedy too many for Nigerian football.
The President, in a twitter message, lamented: “It is heartbreaking to lose two of the finest and most accomplished members of our football family at the same time.
“This is indeed a sad week for Nigerian football, and Nigerian sports in general.
“May the soul of Amodu Shuaibu rest in peace. Ameen.”
Also, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo similarly expressed shock at the death of Amodu Shuaibu, saying that coming just four days after the death of former player and coach, Stephen Keshi, Nigeria has lost yet another dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to bring honor to our country.
Osinbajo said that late Amodu led the national team to two World Cup Tournaments and answered the call to serve as National Coach on a number of occasions.
“In deed his life was dedicated to finding and grooming some of Nigeria’s best soccer talents and providing them the leadership and guidance that enabled them to excel.
“Amodu Shaibu’s work as National Coach of Nigeria’s national team brough gladness to the nation and fulfillment to many. His legacy is secured in the memories of Nigerians who will forever recall the exploits his teams recorded across the African continent and around the world.
“His dutiful service spanned many years and our country is grateful for his selflessness and immense contributions. Though the nation is pained at his death, we take solace in the joyful memories he left behind.
“On behalf of the people and government of Nigeria, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Amodu Shaibu on this loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We pray for God’s consolation.”
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