Former Nigerian under-17 head coach and one of the most respected men in Nigerian football, Willy Bazuaye died today in Benin after a long battle with complications arising from a stroke.
Bazuaye who was 79 years old at the time of his passing suffered a stroke in 2003 which left him partially paralyzed. Bazuaye is a hero to Nigerian football as he led the Nigerian Under-17 side that won the inaugural Under-17 world cup in 1985 in China. Bazuaye had been hospitalized in the University of Benin Teaching hospital and he finally lost his life on Monday.
Bazuaye represented Nigeria at the highest level as a player and went on to become one of the most decorated Nigerian coaches in the 20th century. May his soul rest in peace.