SPORT NFF: We are work­ing on im­mor­tal­iz­ing Amodu, Keshi

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM -

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

NFF Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Dr. Mo­hammed Sanusi re­it­er­ated this while re­ceiv­ing in his of­fice yes­ter­day, the newly-ap­pointed Na­tional Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor, Mr. 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 Satur­day, June 11, while Keshi, the long­est-serv­ing cap­tain of the team 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.

“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,” Sanusi told Be­warang, who is pres­i­dent of the Nige­ria Foot­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion.

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

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