Amaju Pinnick: NFF pays tributes to late `Wonderboy’ Hamilton

Posted on Mar 31 2017 - 3:36am by admin

Amaju Pinnick

Hamilton performed for the senior national group and featured within the football event on the 1968 Olympic video games in Mexico city.

The Nigeria football Federation (NFF) on Thursday paid glowing tributes to former Nigeria participant and teach, Paul Hamilton, who handed on same day in Lagos after a protracted illness.

Sanusi Mohammed, the NFF general Secretary, said: “we’re in horrific shock on the news of his death.

“Hamilton was once an excellent gentleman in the actual experience of the phrase, regardless of being a former global player for Nigeria and a main show of the senior nationwide crew.

“He labored very hard and along with his entire heart for Nigeria in all spheres, as a participant, a train and as an administrator. The Nigeria football family will miss him dearly.’’

The information company of Nigeria (NAN) studies that Hamilton died in the early hours of Thursday in Lagos.

He was mentioned to had been identified of coronary heart and kidney associated well being issues some months in the past, and had his proper leg amputated early this year.

Hamilton performed for the senior national staff in the Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, together with that includes in the football tournament at the 1968 Olympic video games in Mexico metropolis.

Nicknamed ‘Wonderboy’ for his delicate skills and on-field wizardry, Hamilton used to be at once or twice head tutor of the senior nationwide crew.

He took the reins for the 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying sequence, ahead of Dutchman Clemens Westerhorf took over with only the remaining in shape of the campaign left within the sequence.

NAN reviews that the ultimate suit within the marketing campaign was away to Cameroon in Yaounde.

He used to be additionally head educate of the Nigeria beneath-20 squad which took the bronze medal on the 1985 FIFA World adolescence Championship, now FIFA U-20 World Cup, in the Soviet Union.

‘Wonderboy’ was also the primary head tutor of the senior women national team, tremendous Falcons, and recommended the crew to the 1991 and 1995 FIFA girls’s World Cup last competitions.

He was once also at totally different times Head of Technical department and Head of Lagos Liaison office of the then Nigeria football association (NFA).

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