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Posted: 13 March 2012 Time: 23:10

Former Nigeria international Amusa Shittu died in Lagos on Tuesday at the age of 75 after failing to recover from stroke.

Shittu, who was called 'The Bulldozer' in his playing days, was one of the greatest players to come out of Nigeria.

Born in 1937 in Jos, Plateau State of Yoruba parentage, Shittu began his career with Plateau and Northern Region XI.

He got his first international call-up to the then Red Devils in 1959, alongside great talents like Teslim Balogun, Dejo Fayemi, Olu Onagoruwa, Jide Johnson, Monday Sinclair, Cyril Nwajei, Godwin Etemeke, Asuquo Ekpe and Peter Amaechina.

Such was the talent in the squad that he only made his debut a year later, on 10 September 1960, when he played in Nigeria’s 2-2 draw against Ghana in a World Cup qualifier. He scored his first international goal in Nigeria’s 4-1 victory against Port Guinea, now Guinea Bissau in October 1960.

Shittu scored the only goal in an Olympic qualifier in Nigeria against Sudan on 5 November 1967, and also scored two goals in the reverse fixture on 17 November in Khartoum.

He was also a member of the Green Eagles squad that played against the visiting German Olympic team in 1971 at Onikan Stadium, Lagos.

At club level, Shittu was in the team that won the FA Cup for the Western Region in 1961 when he became the first player to score an FA Cup final goal outside of Onikan Stadium in the 1961 decider between his team and UAC, Broad Street Millionaires, at the Old National Stadium, the site of the present National Stadium.

Shittu’s greatest moment was in 1970 when he propelled ECN (NEPA) to their third F.A Cup title against his former club, Highlanders of Jos. The game had ended 1-1 apiece before Shittu, a coach/player, came on to rescue his team by scoring the winning goal for ECN.

He is survived by three children.

Previous comments on this story...

blackpanther187
posted: 11:40 pm
R.I.P
blackpanther187
posted: 11:41 pm
Ohh guys Mikel Obi is now our only Nigerian in the Champions League...

Lets pray for him...
Anonymous
posted: 11:52 pm
Wow! What a great man you are. May your soul rest in peace
luise-hero
posted: 01:56 am
waooh reading about is short biography tells how great he was during is football days R.I.P PAPA as you find peace with thy lord Amen

//Onikan Stadium, ooh GOD i remember those old good-days when i was young ,stationery stores football club of Lagos waooh nigeria football management lack maintenance onikan stadium a stadium that host AFCON for women during the 90s na waoooh
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Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 05:17 am
@luise-hero, thank you very much for ur comments, u still have something more to offer on this our great forum. You see, I am against all managements handlers in Nigeria institutions, can you imagine only Colis Udo can locate this old man, our ex-players are suffering like our teachers in our various schools, and this is the man who has labored to our so called beloved country Nigeria. Even the family must pay something to OGA UDOH before we can even see dis, most of them has died unknown. No national team or club side from Nfa or nff has ever visited our old players, our own way is to employ and discharge, why? Why? Y? All this dieing in sufferings of our great heroes is getting out of hands, meanwhile someone just sit on top of others and enjoying his or her families, and leave others stocked.. There must be a committee who search for those old men and woman who have suffered to the nation, we visit them and pay homage to them all. How our leaders can did chooses to go and lodged all our money in abroad than investing in our lands? Why must this type of life be? Lookout this man has died with suffering and just only kickoff brought him into picture, why? I am not happy with our governance allover, frankly. It is time for accountabilities in Nigeria, and we must be the pilots, all looters must come out and give account of his did and start returning the money. Sir, You see, with all your efforts to Nigeria joining overlook. God will not do so, I see you in the bosom of our Lord. Rest in peace. This time war must be against all those big politician and looters. Thanks all and remain blessing. NKATA OFFOR 1 OF IGBO LAND, SPEAKS
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 am
If we have somebody like dis in Nigeria why do we call the likes of Okocha, Kanu and Odegbami the best? Pls let's honour our heros before dey all die. Wonderful footballing biography. R.I.P
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 am
If we have somebody like dis in Nigeria why do we call the likes of Okocha, Kanu and Odegbami the best? Pls let's honour our heros before dey all die. Wonderful footballing biography. R.I.P
theeagle
posted: 12:23 pm
Hi Pals

May the soul of Papa Amusa Shittu rest in perfect peace.

Papa Amusa Shittu most have been a great player, playing alonside guys such as:Teslim Balogun, Cyril Nwanjei and Peter Amaechina. I have heard so much about these players.

@Damilare Bourne
In response to your post. Nigeria have had so many great players since independence. But their are some unique group of players that are too special too ignore. And J.J. Okocha, Henry Nwosu and Kanu Nwankwo are among those few unique and special players that are too special and a blessing to Nigerian football and Africa in general. Also Segun Odegbami was so good he was referred to as mathematical Odegbami on the field of play. others that were so special were Christian Chukwu, Muda Lawal and Emmanuel Okala to mention a few. But their popularity and achievements were great but limited to Nigeria and Africa. So are players such as late Teslim Balogun, late Amusa Shittu, late Yakubu Mambo and Peter Ameaechina.

Nigera have always had talents. Their were so many great players I did not mention from 1980 upwards but were very good. The day we find a good technical coach/manager, We will be great again. Also when we find visionaries/administrators at the glass house to manage our football we will be great again.


Amata Plus
posted: 01:57 pm
The high point of our national anthem, to me, is ''the labours of our heros past shall never be in vain''. The late Shittu is one of such heroes of our football. His labour must not be in vain!

Those fighting for the soul of our football should be mindful of the fact that the likes of Shittu spilled sweat and blood to make Nigerian football what it is today.

It is such a shame to see NFF officials engage in reckless actions that make the labours of our heroes past to be in vain.

Today the media is awash with news of reconcilliation of football warlords whose only motivation, ab initio is percuniary and remains percuniary!

Reconcilliation on the basis of compromising the truth is only a time bomb. This so called reconcilliation will count, if and only if, football administration is done in line with FIFA statutes and good conscience.
Amata Plus
posted: 01:57 pm
The high point of our national anthem, to me, is ''the labours of our heros past shall never be in vain''. The late Shittu is one of such heroes of our football. His labour must not be in vain!

Those fighting for the soul of our football should be mindful of the fact that the likes of Shittu spilled sweat and blood to make Nigerian football what it is today.

It is such a shame to see NFF officials engage in reckless actions that make the labours of our heroes past to be in vain.

Today the media is awash with news of reconcilliation of football warlords whose only motivation, ab initio is percuniary and remains percuniary!

Reconcilliation on the basis of compromising the truth is only a time bomb. This so called reconcilliation will count, if and only if, football administration is done in line with FIFA statutes and good conscience.
21guns ➽ ➽ ➽
posted: 02:49 pm
Evil that men do will come after them !

This old man (picture) there is totally a native doctor, na only God knows how many people he killed for rituals .no wonder he was strike by God with a stroke ,you suffer on earth you will suffer on hell too ,there is innocent people blood in your hands go to hell old man .
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Make una no verse bros this na my only opinion.

Don't get it twisted 21guns
Game147
posted: 04:08 pm
R.i.p
kaysila
posted: 04:11 pm
@blackpanther187, u are wrong, we still have mikel and ahmed musa for cska moscow. Adieu papa, may your labour for our nation not be in vain
kaysila
posted: 04:12 pm
@blackpanther187, u are wrong, we still have mikel and ahmed musa for cska moscow. Adieu papa, may your labour for our nation not be in vain
Game147
posted: 04:13 pm
@blackpanther187, It shall be well with you jare. What we wish others is what we wish ourselves, the law of nature.

I also like the way you dislinked both comments, very traditional.
Mimi
posted: 04:24 pm
@Amataplus, I must confess I see many of your posts as reasonable and enlightening, but your penchant for employing diatribes in practically all your posts is honestly alarming. It has started to make you appear as always bitter (in my own eyes). Yes, we are all aware of the organizational problems at the NFF and the impact they have had on Nigerian football as a whole, but lets not allow that to get the better of us and become our everyday song. Inspite of all of the negatives, we should still relax and make general comments about the beautiful game (a la Game147 and co).
Anonymous
posted: 04:34 pm
21guns or what is your name, I told you last time when you insult an old man Onigbinde that you will be killed with 21 guns as your name with all your ugly comments. You will not reach Pa Amusa Shittu age for insulting the dead man.

Useless boy , no home training, son of Lagos harlot without papa
Anonymous
posted: 04:41 pm
@21guns, l dont use to leave comment, but somtimes l do read through, u know wot? u are so DAFT, u never write any reasonable comment... infact u r a MISTAKE and pls stop leaving comment.....
Amata Plus
posted: 05:09 pm
@mimi, thanks for your compliments on one hand and criticism on the other hand.

That my posts are generally about maladministration of football and the need for a change of ways by NFF officials is not by mistake.

I believe that making comments on a public forum such as KON is to better the lot of Nigerian football. Personally, my posts are driven by my passion for my country and the undying belief that things can be done the right and productive way.

Our dear country is on her knees for the simple reason of leaders who are shortsighted. We lack generational thinking leaders. They live for today. Tomorrow is left at the mercy of unpredictable nature to determine!

I am a Nigerian who is daily embarrassed by inept and visionless leadership not only in football but in every area of our national life.

I cannot do a boko haram! I can only air my views believing that somebody out there would read and make my beloved Nigeria a nation we all can be proud of.
Game147
posted: 06:50 pm
@Mimi, Lol. Do me a huge favor by explaining 'a la Game147 and co' in a more conprehensible manner.
I can bet you that if all my comments are retrieved from the day I joined KON, you'll never find abusive words (or diatribes in your language)in it, rather farcical,ironical and sarcaistic tools are my basic ingredients for expressing dissatisfaction.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing-- Edmund Burke.
I've become obsessed by the above quote and that's what Nigeria needs.

One mans 'fura di nunu' is another mans poison.

Anyway ,one love. Freedom of thought and speech as well.
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