Lagos – Some top coaches have reacted to death of a former coach of the National female team, the Super Falcons, Joseph Ladipo, popularly known as `Jossy Lad”.
The coach, aged 72, was said to have died on Thursday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan after a brief illness.
Paul Hamilton, a former colleague in the Super Eagles team, in a reaction said that the death of Ladipo was `devastating’.
Hamilton said that it came as a shock to him because that was the least thing he was expecting.
“He contributed a great deal to the coaching fraternity of the country and football as a whole.
“The vacuum which his death has created will be felt so much and would take a while before it can be filled’’.
Adegboye Onigbinde, a former Super Eagles Coach said it was unfortunate that he finally died.
Onigbinde said that Ladipo contributed so much to the development of football in the country, both at state and national levels.
“I am torn apart by this news and it is saddening that another hero in the country is gone, but his legacy will linger,’’ he added.
Dapo Sotiminu, one of the Coordinators of the Female Football Interest Group (FFIG), expressed sadness at the sudden death of Ladipo.
Sotiminu, a Lagos-based Sports Editor of The Compass Newspapers, told NAN on telephone that the death was a sad development for someone who served the country both as a player and a coach.
According to him, it tells us how Nigeria has yet to wake up to its responsibilities in taking good care of its own heroes.
“For a long time, the country was not able to win gold in female football and the lot fell on him to deliver the gold.
“He did deliver the female football gold in 2007 at the All Africa Games in Algiers.
“His case was that of total neglect from the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and the National Sports Commission(NSC),’’ Sotiminu added. (NAN)