Saturday, June 11, 2016

SHUAIBU AMODU: Final Records

The passing of Nigeria's top coach Shuaibu Amodu on June 10, 2016 is shocking news. He was, perhaps, Nigeria's best coach at the club level and one of the best at the national team level. Unfortunately, he may also have been the country's most unappreciated. He led Nigeria to two World Cup qualifications (2002 and 2010 World Cups) but was denied opportunity to coach at the global event. His rescue job for the 2002 World Cup was miraculous. Nigeria was virtually out under Johaness Bonfrere when Amodu was called in. He won five straight games to take Nigeria to qualification. The coaches who replaced him at the World Cups in 2002 and 2010 could not take the team beyond the opening rounds on each occasion. In essence, Amodu would not have done any worse. In fact, more likely he would have done better going by his record. At the time of his death in Benin, he was the country's Technical Director.

Perhaps, part of the unappreciation was that he never had a stellar playing record finishing his playing career with a broken leg after careers with clubs like Dumez and Niger Tornadoes of Minna. However, he learned his coaching craft assisting the mercurial Coach Alabi Aisien at Jos Mighty Jets. Eventually, he surpassed Aisien's coaching achievements. Below are his stats:

Challenge (FA) Cup
        Winner 1989  (BCC, Gboko)
        Winner 1992 (El Kanemi Warriors)
        Winner 1993 (BCC Gboko)
        Winner 1994 (BCC Gboko)

National League
        Winner 1994 (BCC Gboko)

Continental (AFRICA) Cups
        Winner 1990 (Cup Winner Cup/BCC Gboko)
        Runner Up 1991 (Cup Winners Cup/BCC Gboko)


PERIODS: 1994-95, 1996-97, 2000, 2001-02, and 2008-10
RECORD: 52 games Total: Won 27, tied 16, and lost 12/ 73-37 goals/ Debuted 52 players
FIRST GAME:  v England (November 16, 1994)
LAST GAME: v Algeria (January 30, 2010)

4th Place Intercontinental Cup 1995
3rd Place Cup for African Nations 2002
3rd Place Cup for African Nations 2010

Longest Winning streak in competitive games = 6 games from June 1, 2008 to 11 October, 2008.
Nigeria's largest margin of victory away: 4-0 over Sudan in Omdurman on July 1, 2001.

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