early on Saturday morning, when former Super Eagles coach and Technical
Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amodu Shuaibu, died in his
sleep in Benin City, Edo State.
another ex-national team coach and close friend of Amodu, Stephen Keshi,
died in the same town.
morgue of the Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin City, before he was
buried on Saturday evening in his hometown Okpella, Etsako East Local
Government Area, according to Muslim rites.
State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole; NFF Secretary General, Mohammed
Sanusi; Chairman, Edo State Football Association, Frank Ilaboya;
community leaders and residents of the community.
Igbinedion University, Okada, said, “I am getting set for the National
Youth Service Corps programme this month. So, I called him (Amodu)
yesterday (Friday) to discuss with him but he didn’t pick my call. He
called back and told me that he was very busy. He promised to come to
Okpella today (Saturday), so that we could see.
when I asked about (Stephen) Keshi. He said Keshi was not buried
immediately because he was not a Muslim. He told me that if he died he
would be buried immediately. Then today, I got the news that he was
dead,” Amodu’s son told SUNDAY PUNCH.
to a hospital. He doesn’t fast naturally. For the past few years, he
stopped fasting due to his health condition. I don’t know what happened
this year that he decided to fast. When I asked him about fasting, he
said he just felt like he could do it,” Abdul-Aziz added.
Amodu’s cousin, Akuri Afegbua, said the former Eagles coach died after
complaints of chest pain and his inability to get the money NFF owed
him, adding that his financial status had made it difficult for him to
take care of himself and his immediate family.
Amodu was reportedly on N800,000 per month but without an office and
his financial status. He was not paid (by the NFF). He was complaining
of not being paid and had no money to maintain himself and his immediate
family. I think the purpose of his being in Benin was to put in a bill
for his payment, (from) both the NFF and the state government,” the
afternoon, he called to say that he was feeling some pains on the left
side of his chest and he called in a doctor. The doctor checked his
blood pressure; he had 140 over 100. The doctor told him it was not bad,
that he could continue with his fasting,” Afegbua said.
was full of life on Friday when he assisted one of his uncles to secure a
bail at a police station. He added that it was shocking when they found
Amodu dead at about 4am on Saturday.
pains, he was perfectly okay. We came back on Saturday morning to wake
him up but found him dead,” Afegbua said.
pundit and close friend of the late ex-Eagles coach, wrote on his
tweeter handle that Amodu told him he was owed seven months’ pay by the
got a call from him that he has not been paid for about seven months,”