Nigerians have again been thrown into mourning with the death early onÂ Saturday of former Super Eagles coach, Shuaibu Amodu.Amodu, who was the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) TechnicalÂ Director, reportedly died during a brief illness in Benin, Edo State,Â the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Another former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, died on Wednesday inÂ Benin City.Â Amodu qualified Nigeria for the World Cup in 2002 and 2010 but wasÂ sacked before the commencement of both tournaments in Korea/Japan andÂ South Africa respectively.
He coached the defunct BCC Lions to win the 1989 FA Cup and led theÂ club to win the now rested Africa Cup Winners the following year.
Reacting to the NFF technical directorâ€™s death, ex-Green EaglesÂ captain, Segun Odegbami, said Keshi and Amoduâ€™s deaths in quick Â succession was shocking and had negative implications.
â€œIt is sad to be hearing the news of things happening in this manner, Â I think something really needs to be done, and something we need toÂ know.
â€œI think the people put in charge of sports donâ€™t know anything aboutÂ it. They donâ€™t understand the pressure under which the real sportsmenÂ work.
â€œThe players and coaches are dying slowly by the nature of theirÂ profession, but those at the helm of administration do not seem toÂ know.
â€œWe have so many of them on their sick bed with no help going toÂ them,â€™â€™ he told NAN in Lagos on Saturday. Â Odegbami urged the Federal Government to do something urgently about
the welfare of sportsmen.
Adegboye Onigbinde, who had also coached the senior national team,Â said: â€œIâ€™m confused and sad. These are young active men dying in theirÂ primes, itâ€™s so sad.
â€œIâ€™m frustrated that we are mourning again just few days after theÂ death of Coach Stephen Keshi.â€
The Secretary, Nigeria Football Supportersâ€™ Club (NFSC), Samuel Ikpea,Â told NAN that Amoduâ€™s death was another tragedy for the footballÂ family and Nigerians in general.
â€œThis is unpleasant news this morning, a big tragedy to the footballÂ sector and the nation in general. It is really painful.
â€œWe have yet to get over Keshiâ€™s death and only to wake up to getÂ another sorrowful news about Amodu, I canâ€™t understand what isÂ happening.
â€œI think the sad news is becoming alarming and calls for ferventÂ prayers because we cannot continue to lose our football icons justÂ like that,â€™â€™ he said.