Amodu Died in His Sleep – Afegbua



Former Super Eagle Coach and Technical Director, Nigerian Football Federation, Shuaibu Amodu died in his sleep, Saturday morning.

Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Kassim Afegbua said his body was discovered in his room on Saturday morning at his house, located at Delta Crescent, GRA, Benin, about 4 am.

As at the time of filling this report, his remains were being transported to Okpella, his home town, for burial, according to Muslims rights.

 Afegbua, a cousin of the late coach, confirmed this Saturday morning at Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin.

“We were together yesterday. He came to my house in the morning and we were discussing Keshi. He told me he would be travelling to Okpella this morning (Saturday).

Later in the day, he was at the police station to see one of the family members who was arrested. 

“Later in the night, he only complained of chest pain, and we called a doctor to check his blood pressure and it was 140 over 100. He was advised to take his drugs and also stop participation in the Ramadan fasting.

“He later led the Tarawih (Muslim fasting prayer) for the family. And after the prayer, he went to bed after eating.

“He was discovered dead in his room at about 4 am when they went to wake him up for the (Saturday) morning prayer”, Afegbua said.

Meanwhile, former coach of the national female team, Godwin Izilien, has described the death of  Amodu as a double tragedy.

Izilien who spoke to journalists at Stella Obasanjo Hospital this morning, said: “If you see me shedding tears, it is not because Shaibu Amodu is dead. I was trying to reach him several times yesterday but his line was not available, which was unusual. But I eventually got him in the evening and he told me he was at the police station, that he was there to bail one of his family members.

“I eventually went to meet him at the police station where I told him I have brought the driver he requested and he said we should meet by 10 this morning to interview him. And the is the meeting,” he said, and burst into tears.

He described the death of Amodu, just four days after the death of Stephen Keshi, as a double tragedy for the nation.


Author: News Editor

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