Following news of the death of the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Shuaibu Amodu, the Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Manu Garba, has suspended the on-going screening of players for the U-17 National Team.
Nigerians are still apparently grief-stricken by the death of high-ranking football icon, Stephen Keshi on Wednesday, when news filtered in on Saturday morning that Amodu had died.
Garba said Amodu’s death was not only tragic but a personal loss to him because it was under the watch of the late Super Eagles coach that he captained and won the FA Cup with El-Kanemi Warriors in the 1990s.
Speaking to thenff.com, Garba said: “This is a great loss to me.”
“I spoke with Amodu just two days ago and we discussed about our screening, and I feel so sad that he has gone few days after we lost Stephen Keshi. Amodu was my coach at El-Kanemi Warriors when I captained El-Kanemi to win the FA Cup and we have remained ever so close ever since.”
“He was a man with a reservoir of knowledge and we all enjoyed his presentation during the CAF License A Coaching Course here in Abuja and I can’t just believe Amodu is dead. I’m too sad over this loss and in his honour, we have to call off our training session today (Saturday) and God’s willing, we shall continue on Monday.”