By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
The gale of tributes to the memories of two former coaches of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu continuedÂ on TuesdayÂ as prominent Nigerians have continued to extol their virtues.
The latest of such came from a former Minister of Sports, Hon. Bala Bawa Kaâ€™oje, the Nigeria Referees Association, the President of Nigeria Football Coaches Association and the All-Stars Football Club of Abuja.
Kaâ€™oje, who was received by NFF General Secretary Dr. Mohammed Sanusi at the Glass House wrote in the condolence register: â€œWe have witnessed the loss of yet another gentleman who loves football, the nation and the youth of Nigeria. He has served the nation to the best of his ability and deserves to be immortalized and his family catered for by the Government.â€
On its part, the NRA, in a letter signed by its President Tade Azeez, wrote: â€œKeshi was undoubtedly one of the finest coaches, having won the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and as a coach. He will be remembered for his immense contributions to the development of football in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large.
â€œCoach Amodu dedicated his life to finding and grooming some of Nigeriaâ€™s best soccer talents and providing them the leadership and guidance that enabled them to excel.â€
Bewarang, who sounded downcast on the phone, said: â€œIt is a very dark period for Nigeria football. We pray to God to stop these tragedies. Keshi and Amodu were still young, agile and able. To lose them that way is very, very painful. â€
The All-Stars, led by its president Abdulrazak Dokunmu, were also received at the Glass House by Sanusi, and wrote: â€œCoach Amodu has left a big void in the football family that will be difficult to fill; we have lost a thoroughbred coach.
â€œThe death of Stephen Keshi is not only a great loss to the Federation, but also a big loss to the entire football family in Nigeria and the world over. Coach Stephen Keshi was a man of honour whose sound knowledge of the game of soccer and his doggedness in leadership would always be remembered.â€