BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Former Super Eagles coach and NFF technical director, Shaibu Amodu who passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016 in Benin City was laid to rest on Saturday, June 11, 2016 according to Islamic rites.
He was buried in his country home at Shaibu Amodu street, Okiewo road, Okpella in Edo State. His family members, Mohammed Sanusi, General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Chairman of the Edo Football Association, Frank Ilaboya, assistant technical director of the NFF, Abdulrafiu Yusuf all attended the burial.
Commiserating with the family, Vice President Professor Yemi Osibajo said in part:
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. He 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.
May his soul rest in peace.