Shuaibu Amodu, the first man to have qualified Nigeria for two World Cup finals, has died at 58 years old.
Amodu, who coached Nigeria on four different tournament is said to have passed away in his sleep on Friday night in the Southern Nigerian city of Benin, in the wake of whining of mid-section issues.
The demise of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Technical Director comes days after previous Nigeria coach and chief, Stephen Keshi, passed away at 54 in the same city.
NFF president Amaju Pinnick said: “This is another catastrophe too much. We are as yet discussing Keshi’s demise, and now Amodu is gone. I’m shy of words.”
Amodu, who first assumed responsibility of Nigeria at 36 years old in 1994, was drawn closer to supplant Sunday Oliseh in February yet declined.,
Oliseh who worked under Amodu as a player and coach Tweeted: “Waking up to another devastating horrible news: Amodu Shuaibu, former coach of Nigeria is proclaimed dead! First Keshi and now this. God help us!”
A NFF proclamation said: “Amodu’s name was synonymous with the Super Eagles. You can’t talk about the history of Super Eagles without Amodu getting prominent chapters.
“He qualified the Super Eagles for the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and 2010, but did not lead the team to the finals. He also qualified the Beach Soccer National Team for the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, but did not lead the team at the finals as he refused to travel to Brazil.
“As Technical Director he was known to be hypertensive, and had rejected taking over the Super Eagles coaching job in February on this ground.”
Amodu first shot to noticeable quality when he guided Nigerian side BCC Lions of Gboko to win the now-old African Cup Winners Cup in 1990.