1. Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
Winning the African Cup of Nations as a player is no easy achievement. What about winning it also as a manager? That's something really amazing, and this man Stephen Keshi did them both. He was a part of the squad that won the AFCON in the year 1994. And nineteen years later, he won it again, this time as a manager.
Keshi made 60 appearances for the Super Eagles as a player. And as a manager, he coached several other teams apart from the Super Eagles. The likes of Mali and Togo. He was the coach of Mali when they pulled out that extraordinary 4-4 comeback against Angola, from 4-0 down.
Sadly, Keshi died in June 2016. He was aged fifty-four. A football stadium in Asaba was named Stephen Keshi Stadium, in honour of the great man.
2. Shuaibu Amodu
Like Keshi, Amodu was a player before he became a manager. And as a manager, before he was appointed Super Eagles manager, he first coached since clubs in the Nigerian League. The likes of Shooting Stars and El-Kanemi Warriors.
He served as manager of the Super Eagles several times, the most memorable which is perhaps securing a third place finish at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Sadly, he passed away just a few days following Keshi's death.
3. Yemi Tella:
The Nigerian U17 team stunned the world in the year 2007 after emerging champions of the tournament. But unfortunately, the coach Yemi Tells passed away not too long after the incredible achievement. It was reported that he had battled with lung cancer.
4. Otto Martins Gloria
The only non-Nigerian on the list, but who can forget this man? He won Nigeria's first ever AFCON title, after the Green Eagles shocked the continent, beating Algeria convincingly in the final. This happened in 1980 and in 1986, Otto Martins Gloria, who is a Brazilian, died.
The memories of these heroes of Nigerian football will always live in us.
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