It was sad to hear of another death just a few days after Stephen Keshi. Former Nigeria Coach and Technical Director of NFF Shuaitu Amodu, died on the 10th of June from complications related to hypertension. He was racked by poor income and finance, which reduced his ability to solve his health problems. As his cousin, Akuri Afegbua in tears, said after his death “ I think he died of frustration, …he was not paid. He was complaining of not being paid and had no money to maintain himself and his immediate high blood pressure’’. NFA and Edo State Government as indicated in the same interview owed Amodu money. I agree with President Buhari when he said on twitter that ‘It is heartbreaking to lose two of the finest and most accomplished members of the football family at the same time’. In honouring Shuaitu Amodu, let’s talk about his achievements.
- He was born in April, 1958.
- Amodu was a striker who played for Dumez and Niger Tornadoes. His playing career ended after he broke his leg.
- He rose to prominence when he guided BCC Lions of Gboko to win the Africa Cup Winners' Cup in 1991.
- He also coached top South African club Orlando Pirates between 1996 and 1997.
- He was the only man to have qualified Nigeria for two World Cup finals in 2002 and 2010.
- He also qualified the beach soccer national team for the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, but did not lead the team at the finals as he refused to travel to Brazil.
- Amodu coached the Nigerian senior football team, Super Eagles on four different occasions.
- He also handled rivals El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and Shooting Stars of Ibadan.
- He is the most decorated coach in Nigerian FA Cup history, having won it in 1989, 1992, 1993 and 1994.
- Shuaibu Amodu died at the age of 58, three days after the death of ex- Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi.