Musa Abdullahi, a one-time national under 17 coach, died of stroke in his home, Kogi state and was buried the same day according to islamic rites.

He had ben suffering from the illness for years now and finally gave up on Sunday.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick sent condolence message from Equatorial Guinea where he is taking part in the 2015 African Nations Cup.

“This is terrible news.

“Coach Musa Abdullahi was known by all who came across him as a gentleman to the core, a very humble, highly dedicated and tireless professional who had real passion for the job. He was just a likeable person in every respect.

“We feel very, very sad to lose him but God loves him more and he has gone to rest. Our prayer is for Almighty God to grant him peaceful rest and also grant the family he has left behind the fortitude to bear the huge loss,” Pinnick stated in a phone chat from Equatorial Guinea.

Abdullahi was assistant to Coach Fanny Amun when he led the National U-17 side to a second FIFA U-17 World Cup title in Japan in 1993.

He would later manage the team years later to win the African title in Seychelles in 2001 and win silver at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago the same year. He also served at different times as Assistant Coach of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles.