Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the life of the late Shuaibu Amodu was dedicated to finding and grooming Nigeria’s best soccer talents while providing them the guidance with which they excelled.
Osinbajo, who said this in a statement he issued on the death of the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation and former coach of the Super Eagles, described the demise as a profound loss to the nation.
The vice president said that coming only four days after the death of former player and coach, Stephen Keshi, Nigeria had lost yet another dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to bring honour to the country.
“He led the national team to two World Cup tournaments and answered the call to serve as National Coach on a number of occasions.
“Indeed his life was dedicated to finding and grooming Nigeria’s best soccer talents and providing them the leadership and guidance with which they excelled,’’ he said.
According to him, Amodu’s work as coach of Nigeria’s national team brought gladness to the nation and fulfilment to many.
“His legacy is secured in the memories of Nigerians who will forever recall the exploits his teams recorded across the African continent and around the world.
“His dutiful service spanned many years and our country is grateful for his selflessness and immense contributions,’’ he said.
The vice president acknowledged that although the nation was pained at his death, it would take solace in the joyful memories he left behind.
He expressed the sincere condolences of the people and government of Nigeria to the family of Amodu on the loss.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. We pray for God’s consolation,’’ he added.