Tributes: Ukah, Ex-Nigeria Hockey Federation Boss Mourns Ex-Super Eagles’ Coaches Amodu, Keshi

Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) – 

Keshi and Amodu

Keshi and Amodu

Delta State Commissioner for Information and former President of Nigeria Hockey Federation, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has described the death of Nigeria Football Federation’s Technical Director and Ex-Super Eagles Coach, Shaibu Amodu, three days after that of ex-national team coach, Stephen Keshi, as a colossal loss and setback to the country’s football growth.

Ukah, who lamented the sad development, expressed sadness over the passage of the Nigerian football legend, said football lovers, ex-players and Nigerians in general would miss the man who has coached the national team more times than any other coach in history.

“These deaths are too many and too big to bear for Nigerians. We have suddenly been thrown into mourning again. The big bosses of football are riding home too fast. Well they have set the stage for others to grow in football. Their legendary legacies are forever and they would be remembered for their thrives and triumphs,” Ukah said.

Amodu Shaibu, 58, died in the early hours of Saturday, barely three days after the death of former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi.

Recall that Ukah expressed shock over the death of his friend and former international football player and Nigeria’s Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi, saying that he would be greatly missed at home in Delta state and Nigeria, considering his immense contribution to sports development.

“My friend, my brother, Nwa Oti Onu Mkpologwu Illah, Nwa Oshimili, Nwaoboshi Ibuzor, Nwanem.

“It is unbelievable!

“I knew it was going to be difficult when Kate left this world to the great beyond. Now, you’ve slept in the bosom of the Lord away from the troubles of the World. We’ll miss you. I’ll miss you.

“I will miss you. Delta State will miss you. Nigeria will miss you. But your memories would linger for life, until we meet to part no more.

“Rest in peace Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi — the legendary Skippo, the Big Boss of Nigerian Football.

“You deserve a title in your honour. So long nwanem.

It could be recalled that Keshi died of cardiac arrest in the early hours of Wednesday in Benin City, Edo state.

The former international football player and coach had lost his wife of 35 years, Kate, last year after a prolonged battle with cancer.

He is survived by four children and his mother.

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