Veterans preach peace, as Globacom mourn Keshi, Amodu
“I had just summoned a meeting of my executive to deliberate on how well to pay tribute to Stephen Keshi when like a thunderbolt, news filtered in that coach Amodu Shuaibu was also no more.” These were the words of President of the Sports Veterans Association, Nigeria, Chief Jonathan Ogufere, on the sad news of the passing of two of Nigeria’s best coaches within four days.
Chief Ogufere said the Veterans like Nigerians all over the world are in deep sense of shock.
“The coincidence is devastating, the effect numbing. In Keshi and Amodu, we have lost the best there is in Nigerian coaching history, men synonymous with excellence, patriots to the core, who did not believe that there was anything inferior about the Nigerian coach and lived their lives to the end defending and propagating the best that was Nigerian,” he lamented.
The Veterans noted that there was a growing danger in trying to apportion blames as to the cause or otherwise of their deaths and pleaded for restrains. “It is a sober moment, one that we should endeavour to learn from and make amends rather than use to sow seeds of discord.