Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has paid tribute to late coach ShaibuÂ Amodu, the former technical director of the Nigeria FootballÂ Federation, who died at the weekend aged 58.The Arsenal forward has praised the late coach for his knowledge of Â the game and passion for country during his lifetime
The 20-year-old recalled a meeting with Amodu before the Super Eaglesâ€™Â 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Egypt in KadunaÂ last March.
He said Amodu, who led nigeria to qualify for the 2002 and 2010 WorldÂ Cups and also finished third with Nigeria at two Afcon tournaments,Â enjoined the players to wear the national colours with pride,
dedication and commitment.
â€œWhat struck me most was Coach Amoduâ€™s in-depth knowledge of the game, Â his attention to detail and his calm manner and approach,â€ Iwobi saidÂ in a tribute made available to Goal.
â€œHe was assertive and very encouraging to the team and made it clearÂ that the hopes and aspirations of the nation rested on our shoulders.
â€œI was shocked to hear about the sudden passing away of Coach Shaibu Amodu. Â â€œCoach Amodu without question is a colossus and football icon and has Â over the years made meaningful contribution to Nigerian football bothÂ at club and international levels.
â€œI also learnt that Coach Amodu worked at various times with BCC Â Lions, El-Kanemi Warriors, Shooting Stars and Orlando Pirates and withÂ the Nigeria Senior National Team.
â€œHe took great pride in his job, his achievements speak for themselvesÂ and fitting tributes have been made by the nation in recognition ofÂ his achievements.
â€œCoach Amodu has coached the cream of Nigerian football players and IÂ had the privilege of working with him albeit for a very short timeÂ during the preparations for the two-legged Africa Cup of Nations
qualifiers against Egypt.
â€œHe will forever be remembered as a distinguished personality, a manÂ of integrity and principles. He will be dearly missed by all,â€ IwobiÂ said.