The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has consoled with the family of the head coach of the national U-15 male team (Future Eagles), Danladi Nasidi, who died in the early hours of yesterday.
Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alhaji Yusuf Ahmed ‘Fresh’, paid glowing tributes to the one-time assistant coach of the Super Falcons, saying ‘Nasidi’ gave his all for the nation and served passionately, diligently and creditably in every role he found himself.
“It is a very sad day for Nigeria football, because Nasidi has been playing a huge role in grassroots development programmes for our football. He was very passionate about youth football and has molded our U-15 boys into a solid and formidable unit over the years. We will surely miss him.
“He was someone who evinced passion for youth and development every time and everywhere you met him. I am crestfallen. When I started my journey into football administration, Nasidi was one of the coaches who spurred me into investing in grassroots development. His passion was infective.”
Nasidi, who was born on 1st January 1952, hailed from Niger State, and was among the elite corp of coaches in the country who had the CAF ‘A’ Licence. In 1994, he rescued Lagos darling team, Stationery Stores from certain relegation, and was Head Coach of the National Team of Gabon in 1986. He coached Minna darling club, Niger Tornadoes for several years.
He led the U-15 boys to silver medal finish at the African Games in Algiers two years ago. He was first assistant to Ismailia Mabo when as the Super Falcons reached the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in USA in 1999.