*Over death of his last son, Suleiman Amodu
Former proprietor of Iwuanyanwu Nationale FC of Owerri, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Chief Mary Onyali have sent messages of condolence to the family of the late Nigerian national team coach, Shaibu Amodu, as one of his children reportedly died on Sunday.
Chief Iwuanyanwu said, “it is so sad to hear this kind of news. We are still struggling with the death of the coach. May God grant his wife and the sibblings of the departed the fortitude to bear the loss. I feel so much for the mother of the boy. I am seriously grieved in my soul.”
Five time Olympian and the Technical Director of the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI), Chief Mary Onyali said, “we are in deep mourning mood. It is our prayer to God to protect the rest children and their mother.
“Coach was one of the biggest inspiration in the BOOST project we are now implementing with the pilot in Offa. Nigerians popularly voted him to be one of the 10 icons of the project. We had dreamt that his children will take over the management of the project and take good care of their mother. We send our condolences to the nation, the people of Okpella and the family members.”
According to former national team goalkeeper, Segun Oguns, who is close to the family, the boy, Suleiman Amodu, 12-year old, was a JSS 2 student of Navy Secondary School, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He reportedly came to Lagos last Thursday on holidays and the mother noticed that he was not looking too good.
He was taken to Randle Hospital in Surulere. The next day he passed on on Sunday and was buried the same day.
Shaibu Amodu, his father, died last year June, barely three days after that of another former Nigerian skipper and national team coach, Stephen Keshi.