JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 10: Nigeria Manager, Stephen Keshi is lifted by his players after winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and Burkina at FNB Stadium on February 10, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

As a measure to halt the wave of deaths that pervades the nation’s football fraternity, the Nigeria Football Supporters Club will be organizing a special prayer service in Lagos on Wednesday.
NFSC President-General, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo told Nigeria Pilot Sport on phone that the move becomes imperative due to the untimely deaths of former Super Eagles coaches Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu.
“We are yet to get over the shocking death of Keshi before we were struck yesterday (Saturday) by the death of Amodu. Again, the same weekend saw the death of two Nigerian referees. The sane thing for us to do at this period is to draw closer to God because the spate of deaths should be a concern to everyone in the football family.”
He added: “We felt uncomfortable by the fact that the deaths came within short days which is unprecedented in the history of our football and even sports in general. As a country that believes in God, we are turning to him to put a stop to the calamities that is befalling football which is widely acknowledged as the most unifying factor of our country.”
Ladipo observed that the nature of Keshi and Amodu’s death was frightening. “They both suffered attacks in their sleeps and they did not survive the attacks.”
The service is billed for the NFSC National Secretarial, Ayinde Giwa Street, Masha, Surulere by 6pm.
Both Amodu and Keshi were in charge of the Super Eagles at the 2002 Nations Cup in Mali where Nigeria finished third.


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