The NFF Technical and Development Committee on Tuesday mourned the departure of former Super Eagles’ Captain and Coach Stephen Keshi and four–time Super Eagles Coach Shuaibu Amodu.
A one –minute silence was observed before the Committee started its meeting at the Glass House, which was preceded by a condolence visit to NFF President Amaju Pinnick in his office. With Pinnick was General Secretary Mohammed Sanusi.
During the visit, Chairman of the committee, Barrister Chris Green, said: “The two gentlemen we lost toiled hard to ensure that Nigeria football attained global reckoning. We are most pained because they worked directly with the Technical Committee and the Technical department.
“Amodu’s zeal, dexterity and hard work to re-engineer Nigeria football was never in doubt. Keshi lifted Nigeria football very high both as a player and as a coach.
“However, we take solace in our belief that the two men are now in God’s bossom.”
Green charged Pinnick and the NFF leadership to ensure that both men are immortalized, while avowing the absolute loyalty of the committee members to the present NFF administration “because we know you are a man of vision who has come with a mission.”
Responding, Pinnick once more lamented the exit of the two men, saying: “God knows best. We are pained by the deaths of Amodu and Keshi, but we cannot question God.”
He reiterated the administration’s commitment to making positive changes in Nigeria football, insisting that the changes being entrenched are designed to attract the confidence of the corporate world to come into the Nigeria game.
NFF confirms U-23, Mexico friendly
Nigeria has confirmed there will be a friendly match between its Olympic team and the U-23 National Team of Mexico in Mexico on Saturday, July 2.
NFF’s FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport stated on Tuesday that the match will take place at the Aguascalientes Stadium, home ground of newly promoted top tier club, Necaxa FC.
The match is scheduled to start at 8.30pm Mexican time.
The NFF announced that after the friendly, the Nigeria U-23 squad will continue its training camp in the United States of America and will play Charleston Battery FC in Atlanta on Saturday, July 16. A game against the Honduras U-23 team is also being consummated for July 27.
1996 champions Nigeria will play Sweden, Colombia and Japan in the group stage of the men’s football tournament of this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.