Lokoja - Kogi State Youth Sports Federation of Nigeria and
State Football Association has expressed deep sorrow at news of the death of
Shina Akande, a former state FA member and scribe of YSFON.
Coach Shina as fondly called, aged 54, who was also a former
head coach of the Kabba/Bunu football team died on Sunday morning in Lokoja
after a brief illness.
His remains had since been deposited at the Specialist
Chairman, state chapter of YSFON, Nnda Colins, in a
statement, described the demise of its scribe Akande as a huge loss to sports
in the state.
Collins eulogized his contributions to the growth of sports
and grassroots talent development.
“We YSFON officials in Kogi are pained by our secretary
(Akande) untimely exit and would have wished you still remained with us but God
loves you more and knows the best. You will forever be in our hearts.”
“We will surely miss him because he was the brain box of the
state body. Our prayer is for Almighty God to comfort the family and give them
the fortitude to bear the huge loss,” he said.
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In a statement signed by the FA secretary, Augustine Ogunmola,
the state FA chairman, Umarr Sulieman Isah, described the death of Coach Akande
as unfortunate and a “big loss” to the state football and Nigeria.
Isah commiserated with the family, the state and prayed God
to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss.
“This news is disheartening. It's a sad moment and big loss
for Kogi and Nigeria football in general. Coach Akande was one of the best grassroot
coaches Kogi ever heard.
He was always appreciated for his simplicity, sincerity,
dedication and passion for his coaching job. He will greatly be missed by all
“He was known by all who came across him as a gentleman to
the core, a very humble, highly dedicated and tireless professional who had
real passion for the job. He was just a likeable person in every respect.
“The Kogi football family prays Almighty God grant him and
eternal rest and also give the family he left behind the fortitude to bear the
irreplaceable loss”, Isah stated.
Akande led Kabba/Bunu football team, also known as 'KABU FC'
to win the Local Governments Cup in South Africa in 2011 and later won the 2013
Kogi State FA Cup.
Late Akande, who recently retired as the Sports Secretary of
Kabba/Bunu Local Government and chairman of Kogi State Council of Sports Secretaries,
left behind his wife Comfort Olorunshola Akande and four children.For
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