By JACOB AJOM
Former national team coaches, Christian Chukwu and Paul Hamilton at the weekend expressed shock over the death of former Super Falcons coach, Jossy Lad..
In his reaction, former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu said “Jossy Lad’s death is a great shock. This is someone we thought had recovered and had been discharged from the hospital. To hear that he is dead makes it intriguing. We have lost a great Nigerian footballer, coach and colleague.”
Chukwu said the late coach’s career and contributions to the development of the game makes his loss a big one. “He was a member of IICC Shooting Stars, when Nigerian football was at it’s peak and contributed immensely as a coach. Indeed his death is a very big loss.”
On his part, former national team coach, Paul Hamilton said, “this is a sad news. Very bad to me and every member of the Nigerian football confraternity. We have lost a very important member of the football family.”
Continuing, Hamilton said the late football coach should be given a “befitting burial and those he left behind should not be forgotten.”
Similarly, President of the Nigerian Football and other Sports Supporters’ club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo expressed shock at the news of Jossy Lad’s death. “My brother, I am just hearing the news. I am short of words. What can I say. This is the greatest surprise. It’s a very big loss. No matter the encomiums poured on him now, it won’t make any difference. He is gone. Jossy Lad was a player, coach and administrator. He made everybody happy while he was alive… and that makes his death very painful,”Ladipo said.