The popular saying you don’t appreciate what you have until you lose it. That proverb might not go in tune with the former Super Eagles coach late Amodu Shuaibu.

Twice he secured the Super Eagles world cup qualification ticket, twice he was denied the chance to be in charge at the FIFA Mundial. Thunder they say never struck twice at the same place for Amodu’s case, thunder struck twice.

On this day, June 10, 2016, Nigeria lost her “most underappreciated coach” to the cold hands of death.
Before his death, the Edo born tactician managed the Nigeria National team a record six times but there were two cases where Nigeria denied him an iconic moments.

Amodu’s first time in charge of the Super Eagles was in 1994 replacing Dutchman Clemence Westerhof briefly before Bonfere Jo eventually took over the reins of the team.
Amodu was back in charge of Eagles in 1996 yet again before being replaced by the white witch doctor Phillip Troussier.


Amodu’s third spell in charge of Eagles saw him secured Nigeria’s world cup ticket in 2002. Replacing Jo Bonfere, Nigeria’s hopes of securing a ticket for the 2002 FIFA Mundial was hanging in the balance but the former BBC Lion of Gboko’s handler eventually made sure Nigeria qualified. Nigeria is going to have an indigenous coach at the World Cup for the first time.


Despite leading Nigeria to third place finish at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2002, disaster struck as the former Orlando Pirates manager was sacked in February 2002 and being replaced by Chief Festus Adegboye Onigbinde who led Nigeria to the Korea/Japan World Cup.
Amodu will later lament that his dismissal was “unfair” and didn’t even receive an official letter confirming his dismissal.

The same fate will befall Amodu yet again in 2010. Secured another qualification for the Super Eagles to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, despite finishing third at the AFCON in Angola, Amodu was sacked yet again in February 2010 and replaced by Lars Lagerback who led Nigeria to the World Cup.

Amodu further managed the National team in short spells in 2014 and 2015 before his death in 2016.
In Shuaibu Amodu, Nigeria had a worthy servant who always answered the clarion call whenever needed but was denied iconic moments in his career.
On this day, June 10 2020, OJB Sport remembers arguably Nigeria’s “most underappreciated and underrated” man to tutor the Super Eagles.
Rest in peace!