NFF to Immortalize Shaibu Amodu, Stephen Keshi


The Nigeria Football Federation has said it is working on immortalizing coaching legends, Shaibu Amodu and Stephen Keshi, who both passed on last month.

The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, reiterated this while receiving in his office on Thursday, the newly-appointed National Technical Director, Bitrus Bewarang.

Amodu, the only person to have coached the Super Eagles in four different periods, was the National Technical Director before his death on June 11.

Keshi, the longest-serving captain of the team and who also coached the team to win the Africa Cup of Nations and reach the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup, passed on three days earlier.

Sanusi told Bewarang, who is also the President of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association: “The NFF is liaising with the Government through the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, with regards to the immortalization of the two icons of our football who died last month.

“Both men contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria football and will never be forgotten.

“The NFF Board has immense confidence in your person that you will be able to fit quite well into the shoes left by late Coach Amodu and perhaps come up with great ideas to enhance the workings of the Technical department.”

On Wednesday, Abdulrafiu Yusuf (Assistant Director, Technical) and Dr. Robinson Okosun (Head, Psychology Unit) represented the NFF at the 40th day Fidau prayer for the soul of the departed Amodu at his home in Okpella, Edo State.

The final burial rites for late Stephen Keshi will begin on July 27 with a lying-in-state in Abuja and culminate in internment at his hometown, Illa, Delta State on July 29.

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