Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) finally rolled out belated encomiums but still led the way in memorial messages for late former Super Eagles’ coach, Shaibu Amodu, whose third year remembrance was on Monday.
Although many Nigerian soccer fans missed out on the opportunity of remembering Amodu in death, the NFF made up for lost time by rolling out a belated memorial for the four-time Eagles’ handler.
Born April 1958, Amodu played as a forward during his heyday, then took to coaching after suffering a career-wrecking knee injury.
After handling BCC Lions of Gboko, El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and Shooting Stars of Ibadan, he also managed Orlando Pirates of South Africa in an illustrious career at club level.
Soon after, Amodu first managed the Eagles from October 1994 to May 1996, then April 2001 to February 2002, after which he was appointed once again in April 2008 and sacked in February 2010.
Amodu was then appointed technical director of all Nigeria’s national teams in May 2013, after which he was re-appointed as Eagles’ coach in October 2014, replacing Stephen Keshi.
He then got a fifth spell in charge of the Eagles when Keshi was fired in July 2015 and Amodu took over temporarily but was replaced by Sunday Oliseh on a permanent basis later same month.
Amodu died on 10 June 2016, three days after the death of Keshi, whose memorial last weekend drew wide acclaim, with a seminar attended by the current generation of Eagles’ players in his honour.
However, similar settings were not accorded Amodu, with Monday going by without any mention of his passing on three years ago, until the NFF eventually woke up late to reel out some words for him on Twitter.
The post by NFF’s media department on social media acknowledged Amodu’s contributions to Nigerian football and prayed that his soul will continue to rest in the house opf God.
The NFF message read: “On this day 3 years ago, you departed this world, Late Coach Shuaibu Amodu.
“We miss you and pray that you continue to rest in the Lord’s bosom. Thank you for all your contributions to the development of Nigerian Football.”