What you should know about the late NFF Technical Director Shaibu Amodu

What you should know about the late NFF Technical Director Shaibu Amodu


Nigerians and sports fans all over the world have recently been shocked by the news of the death of Shaibu Amodu while still mourning former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi.

Here are some highlights about the football legend you should know.
  • He hails from Edo State, and was born on 18 April, 1958.
  • 1976–1978, he played as a striker for Dumez.
  • 1978–1981, he played for Niger Tornadoes.
  • His career as a player ended after he broke his legs.
  • As a coach, he has managed several clubs in Nigeria, and they include Shooting Stars, BCC Lions, El Kanemi Warriors, and Sharks F.C.
  • He also managed Orlando Pirates of South Africa.
  • From April 2001 to February 2002, he managed the Nigerian national team during when he led to win the AFCON bronze medal at Mali 2002.
  •  It was the first time he managed the national team, and after the AFCON tournament he was dismissed.
  • In April 2008 he was again appointed as head coach of the national team. This time, he led the team to win third place at the 2010 AFCON in Angola. He was later sacked on February 6 the same year.
  • In May 2013, he was appointed technical director of Nigeria’s national teams.
  • He was named Technical Director of Bendel Insurance F.C in November 2013.
  • In October 2014, he was re-appointed Nigeria manager for the fourth time, replacing Stephen Keshi.

  • Two weeks after the appointment, Keshi returned to the role, but was fired in July 2015 and Amodu took over the Eagles again temporarily.
  • Later that month he was replaced by Sunday Oliseh on a permanent basis.
  • When Sunday Oliseh resigned, he was appointed again as the new interim coach of the national team.
  • Until his death, he was the Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation.
  • He died at the age of 58, and his death was announced on 10 June 2016, barely three days after the death of Stephen Keshi.

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