Legendary coach and former NFF technical director dies at 76

Legendary Nigerian coach, Kashimawo Laloko, who was also a former Technical Director for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has been pronounced dead at 76.

Adewale, the son of the deceased coach, confirmed the death of his father, saying died after a brief illness. Speaking to THE PUNCH, he said: “He had been feeling weak before he died on Sunday. It was as a result of weakness, not COVID-19,”

Laloko was a world-renowned talent hunter, and he was famously known for his academy, Pepsi Football Academy, which was established in Lagos in November 1992. The academy has produced some of Nigeria’s biggest football stars.

Some of the football stars Laloko has produced through the Pepsi Football Academy are Mikel Obi, Osaze Odemwingie, Sunday Mba, Elderson Echejile, Soga Sambo, Joseph Akpala, Yinka Adedeji, among others.

He was a former Technical Director for the Nigeria Football Federation. Laloko also had a stint as the national team coach of the Scorpions of Gambia.

Laloko, who was Olori Parakoyi of Egbaland, will be buried according to Muslim rights at his Gbonagun residence in Abeokuta at 3.00 pm on Monday-March 29, 2021.

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