By Zazi Bariza
Technical director of the Nigerian Football Federation, Shuaibu Amodu is dead.
The news of his departure was broken by the Nigeran Football Federation via its twitter handle on Saturday morning.
According to the announcement, “NFF Technical Director, Amodu Shuaibu has died at the age of 58”
“The four - time coach of the Super Eagles complained of chest pains on Friday night and died in his sleep.”
The news came at a very dark time for Nigerian football after another ex-Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi earlier in the week.
Amodu had an uncelebrated playing career that was cut short by injuries, but came into national reckoning when he was appointed coach of the Super Eagles from 1994 following the departure of Clemens Westerhof, but was soon replaced by Jo Bonferee.
He returned to the national team in 2001, during the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, rescuing the team from the brink of not qualifying for the soccer showpiece in Korea/Japan. He went on to lead the team to third place finish at the 2002 Africa Nations Cup in Mali, before being sacked months later.
His third spell with the Super Eagles was from 2008-2010 during which he qualified the team for the 2010 World Cup and won a bronze medal at the 2010 AFCON in Angola. He was eventually replaced by Lars Lagerback before the World Cup.
Amodu also managed Nigerian clubs such as BCC Lions, El Kanemi, Warriors and Sharks FC, as well as South African outfit, Orlando Pirates.
In May 2013, he was appointed technical director of the NFF, the position he held before his death.
He has already been buried according to Islamic rights.
Amodu Shuaibu's death comes three days after that of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi.