Abuja – The Chairwoman of the Nigerian Women League (NWL), Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedimma, on Thursday described the death of Joseph Ladipo, former Super Falcons Coach as a “big shock’’.
“Jossy Lad’’ as Ladipo was popularly called, died on Thursday afternoon at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, after a protracted illness.
Ladipo, who played for the senior national football team, was also a former Chairman and Captain of Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan.
Onyedimma said that Ladipo would be greatly missed by the football family going by his pedigree in coaching.
“The death is like a shock to me because it’s not long we visited him in the hospital and hearing that he is dead, it’s very unfortunate.
“He was a good coach and he handled the girls very well. During his time, the girls performed very well. They gave good account of themselves and were able to portray the image of the country very well.
“Overtime, he has been rated as one of the best coaches the Super Falcons ever had.
“May God receive his soul and grant him peace; it’s very unfortunate,’’ Onyedimma lamented.
Onyedimma who is representing women football on the board of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) advised Nigerian coaches to be diligent in discharging their duties just as Ladipo did with the Super Falcons.
“When you are good, you are good. I don’t know him very well but from what I have heard from people, he was a nice person.
“Being good is good so that when something like this happens, people can talk for you.
“Other coaches should learn to be focused and be nice to people, especially the players they handle so that they can always give good account of you whether alive or dead,’’ she added.
Meanwhile, the NFA executive committee member said the Glass House might discuss the issue on Friday to know what next to do, regarding Ladipo’s burial. (NAN)