Saturday, May 17, 2014

Former Nigerian league chief dies

Former vice chairman of the Premier League in Nigeria, Mallam Shehu Garba Gusau (pictured), has died.

Gusau died on Friday in Zamfara after falling ill for a period of time, according to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

"The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed huge shock over the death on Friday, of the former Vice Chairman of then Nigeria Premier League, Mallam Shehu Garba Gusau.

"Gusau, a Deputy Director with the National Sports Commission and Coordinator of the Bauchi zone of the NSC, died on Friday in Gusau after a protracted illness," the NFF said in its opening statement announcing the passing on of the former league board member.

The Nigerian governing soccer body has also written a condolence letter to the Zamfara State Football Association.

“The Nigeria Football Federation and indeed, the entire Nigeria football family is in grief over the demise of this highly accomplished, yet humble administrator, who rose to the top by dint of hard work, diligence and tireless commitment to excellence.

“As Vice Chairman of then Nigeria Premier League (NPL) and Zonal Coordinator of Bauchi zone of the National Sports Commission, Shehu Garba acquitted himself brilliantly and left his footprints in the sands of time. It is so sad and heart –rending to refer to him in the past tense.

“Energetic and dedicated, yet unassuming, late Shehu Garba Gusau worked assiduously with other men of integrity to lay a solid foundation for Nigeria’s domestic game of the modern era,” the football federation wrote to the Zamfara FA through its general secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu.

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