By Abdulgafar Oladimeji.
The deputy National Training Officer of the Nigeria Football Coaches Association and Kano born sole CAF A football license coach, Danlami Usman Akawu a.k.a Boss is dead.
According to family sources the ex- junior international and Raccah Rovers of Kano ace passed away in the early hours of Saturday at his Kofar Wambai residence located inside the ancient city at the ripe age of 66.
Prior to his demise Akawu was the chairman Nigeria Football Coaches Association NFCA, Kano state chapter , he was also the incumbent director scouting Kano Pillars football club.
Reacting to the demise of the late coach, media officer Kano Pillars football club, Lurwanu Idris Malikawa address the death of the late gaffer as a loss to sports fraternity in Nigeria.
Malikawa said “ we have lost a football manager, a gentleman, somebody who believes in sacrifice, an apostle of grass root football.
“ his death is not only for the immediate family but for the coaches, players, management of Kano Pillars, up coming coaches should emulate his commitment peaceful nature and contribution to the progress of football, his name will not be forgotten.
“we condole the members of his immediate family and members of the Nigeria Football Coaches Council and the sports family in general.”
Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, SWAN Kano state chapter described the late coach as a friend of sports writers.
The chairman, SWAN Kano state chapter, Zahradeen Saleh said, we mourn as we have lost a great friend of our industry, late Akawu is always present at all our events, even at the shortest notice, no doubt his memory will linger among us, we condole his family members, football family and Kano Pillars over his death.”
Our correspondent reports that the late soccer coach and class room teacher is the only Kano indigene that parades an A grade football coaching qualification.