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Keshi, Shuaibu: One year after

The Nigeria football Federation family pays tribute to the departed two reputable coaches of the super eagles team, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu.

Just as if it was yesterday Nigerian experienced the passing on  of our two very notable coaches of the Super Eagles.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria before training for the qualifying match against the Bafana Bafana observed a minute silence in memory of our ex-captain & coach Stephen Keshi who died a year ago.

Stephen Keshi passed on June 7, 2016 at the age of 58 in Benin city, Edo state. During his playing career, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national football team, making him the nation’s second-most capped player at the time of his retirement. He represented the country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory in the latter. He also played club football in five countries, most notably Belgium, where he won the Belgian league championship

The Nigeria Football Federation technical director, Amodu Shuaibu who  passed on at age 58 just four days after the passing on of Keshi was confirmed. Shuaibu was a former coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Amodu has managed a number of club sides in Nigeria, such as BCC Lions, El-Kanemi Warriors, and Shooting Stars; he also managed Orlando Pirates in South Africa.

He first managed the Nigerian national team from April 2001 to February 2002. He was then re-appointed manager in April 2008. Amodu was appointed technical director of Nigeria’s national teams in May 2013.

Amodu was re-appointed Nigeria manager in October 2014, replacing Stephen Keshi. It was his fifth spell in charge of the country. Keshi returned to the role two weeks later but was fired in July 2015 and Amodu took over the Eagles again temporarily until He was replaced permanently.

During his time as coach of Super Eagles, Amodu qualified the team for the Korea/Japan 2002 and the South Africa 2010 World Cups.

He was also in charge of the Super Eagles to the Mali 2002 and Angola 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, finishing third in both tournaments.

The House of Representatives urged the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to immediately pay entitlements due to late former Super Eagles’ coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu. The house mandated its Committee on Sports to liaise with the NFF to ensure that the payments were made without delay.

After the tragic news,Ifeanyi Fredrick  Onuigbo, urged the Federal Government to immortalise the football icons who served the country selflessly so as to encourage younger ones to always give their best for the development of the country.

Their passing on is not only a huge loss to Nigeria and their families but to the international community as well.

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