A former Super Eagles Coach, Paul Hamilton who was amputated earlier this year is dead.

Hamilton lost his battle to stay alive on Thursday at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH.

Nicknamed ‘Wonderboy’ for his delicate skills and on-field wizardry, Hamilton served as head coach of the senior national team, including taking the reins for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying series, before Dutchman Clemens Westerhorf took over.

He was also head coach of the Nigeria U20 squad that took the bronze medals at the FIFA World Youth Championship (now known as FIFA U20 World Cup) in the Soviet Union in 1985.

The death of Hamilton comes barely a year after the demise of two former Super Eagles Coaches, Stephen Keshi and Shaibu Amodu.

Though there is no record of the Nigeria Football Federation coming to the aid of the late Hamilton while he was bedridden, the Federation has nonetheless paid glowing tribute to the astute soccer tactician.

Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, NFF General Secretary, said: “We are in terrible shock. ‘Wonderboy’ Hamilton was a perfect gentleman in the real sense of the word, despite being a former international player for Nigeria and a Chief Coach of the senior national team.

“He worked very hard and with his whole heart for Nigeria in all spheres, as a player, a coach and as an administrator. The Nigeria football family will miss him dearly.”