It is not the best of times for the football family in Nigeria and the world football –governing body, FIFA, is also mourning with the Nigeria Football Federation.

The death at the weekend of former Nigerian international and ex – Flamingoes’ assistant coach, Ajuma Otache has left a sour taste in the mouths of all.

In a letter personally signed by him and addressed to the President of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick, FIFA President Gianni Infantino expressed “deepest sympathy on hearing of the news of the sudden passing of former Nigeria women’s national team player Ajuma Ameh-Otache, one of Nigeria’s most successful women international.

“Throughout her career, she played for Nigeria at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and also won the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations the same year in South Africa. She also played for The Super Falcons at the 2003 All Africa Games in Abuja.

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“On behalf of the members of the international football community, I should be grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. We would hope that, in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.”

Atuche died on Saturday after a prolonged battle with a rare muscular disease which resurfaced while on national assignment with the U17 women’s team.

She made history, last year, when she became the first female manager to coach and promote a male team from Nigeria Nationwide League two to Nigeria Nation Wide League One with Goodland Rangers Football Club Lagos.

She is survived by her husband Peter Otache and three children.


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