Amidst crying and wailing, the remains of the late Super Eagles coach, Shuaibu Amodu, was committed to earth on Saturday evening at his residence in Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.
At about 5:07p.m., the late Amodu’s body, that had earlier been brought to Okpella from Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin at about 12:30p.m., was brought out from the inner chambers of his house for internment.
Between the arrival of the body and the interment, which lasted about five hours, family members, neighbours, journalists and residents of Okpella gathered in the late Amodu’s compound discussing his passage just four days after that of another former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.
Some family members and neighbours could not hold their emotions as they cried and wailed uncontrollably.
At about 4:00p.m., mother of the late Amodu, who had earlier been taken to the palace of the Okuokpellagbe of Okpella, Alhaji A.Y.E. Dirisu, was returned to the compound after she had been informed of her son’s death.
Before the observation of the funeral rites and prayer, a special prayer, led by Ustaz Ahmed Shehu, was offered for the repose of the soul of the late coach of the defunct BCC Lions of Gboko.
In his remark, Ustaz Shehu discribed the death of Shuaibu Amodu as a great loss to Okpella community, Etsako nation, Edo State and the nation at large.
At about 5:10p.m. a funeral prayer for the late Shuaibu Amodu was observed, shortly after which he was interred at about 5:15p.m
Members of the Nigerian football family including the Secretary General of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mohammed Sanusi; chairman of the Edo Football Association, Frank Ilaboya; Robinson Okosun and other football and sports enthusiasts gathered at the late Amodu’s residence to pay their last respect.
The Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other top officials of the Edo State government such as the late Amodu’s cousin and Edo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Kassim Afegbua; Commissioner for Environment, Clem Agba, and other notable personalities from the Etsako nation also attended the burial.
Hundreds of residents of Okpella were not left out as they trooped out to honour one of the foremost sons.
The late soccer tactician was survived by his wife, Kuburat; seven children, mother, brother and sisters.