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It is a sad day for sports in Nigeria today, as the Nigeria Football Federation announced the death of former Super Falcon midfielder, Ajuma Ameh-Otache, who passed away at the age of 33. The prolific midfielder was struck with a rare muscular disease, and was fighting for her life until her untimely death on Saturday, November 10, 2018.

Ameh As A Super Falcon

Ameh-Otache was a crucial part of the Super Falcons 2004 team that won the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) title in South Africa — Nigeria’s sixth at the time. Her lone goal at the tournament was in Nigeria’s first game, where the Falcons decimated Algeria in a thrilling encounter — four goals to none. The Nigerian was also on the ferocious women’s team that represented Nigeria at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. However, the Nigerian team lacked the needed experience to move past top football nations of the world, finishing the tourney in sixth place, while the United State of America took home the world title. After ending her playing career, the Super Falcon star worked as a coach with the Nigeria’s women U-17 team, and later moved to manage a male team in the Nationwide League One, where she made the headlines for her huge success in the league. Her death has left a big hole in the nations coaching circle, and also in her family where she is survived by her husband and three children.

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This article was first published on 13th November 2018


Achem Samuel is a writer and a musician, he is passionate about God and also an ardent fan of tech, sports and music.

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