The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has announced plans to bid final farewell to late Super Eagles coaches, Shuaibu Amodu and Stephen Keshi with a farewell football match on July 23, 2016 and to also immortalize them thereafter, if things go as planned.
According to the Federation, the farewell match is organized by the Lagos state Government in conjunction with the Sports Writer’s Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and the Nigeria Football Supporters Club.
It notes that a committee has been set up to oversee the Lagos Farewell Testimonial Match for the two departed coaches, Amodu Shaibu and Stephen Keshi, which is scheduled for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.
President-General of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Rafiu Ladipo, who is the Chairman of the committee, said the event is meant to raise money for the families of the departed coaches as well as celebrate the two illustrious sons of Nigeria. The money raised would be added to whatever the two families get from other donations across the country.
“The Farewell Testimonial match would see the Super Eagles players battle against Lagos All Stars team in the main match of the day, while the curtain raiser would be a game between the Lagos SWAN team and the Supporters Club. This would be followed by Musical Concert where prominent Nigerian musicians and comedians would perform in the entertainment aspect of the programme. This aspect of the event is coordinated by veteran music act, Chris Mba,” he said.
The Coordinator of the event, Mr. Effiong Nyong, said “Amodu and Keshi must be celebrated with a fanfare as they left solid footprints on the sands of time. It is sad that we won’t see the two indigenous coaches that qualified Nigeria for three editions of the World Cup out of the five the country competed in, again.
“We intend to celebrate Lagos as the state where these coaches were made. Keshi started from St. Finbarrs College in Lagos and also played top international matches as a junior and senior at the National Stadium in Lagos, while for Amodu, as he achieved all the feats at the club and national team levels chose Lagos as his home. He left his family in Lagos to go to Abuja and Benin City to pursue owed monies before he met his death.”
Nyong hinted that the focus of the committee may extend to make the event annual, as the success of the July 23 event will go a long way in determining what happens next.
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