Nigeria’s sports minister, Solomon Dalung, has expressed deep shock and sincere sympathy to the Nigeria Football Federation, friends and family members over the death of former Super Eagles Coach, Paul Hamilton.
In a press release signed by Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the special assistant on media, Dalung remarked that the coach’s death came at a time his experience was needed to develop other football coaches in the country as government continues its grassroots development agenda in sports.
“I was shocked when I heard the news. His service to fatherland and achievements in the football world was inspiring. We could have counted on Hamilton to impart in younger coaches with his wealth of knowledge.
My prayers are with the members of his immediate family, close associates and all football loving Nigerians.”
Dalung described the 75-year-old ex-international popularly known as ‘Wonder Boy’ as a true professional and a nationalist who sacrificed his entire life for Nigeria through sports.
“Looking at his rich CV and his commitment to his duties at the time when football was not as lucrative as it is now, it was obvious that all he did was because of his love for his fatherland,” Dalung said.
Hamilton died at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi Araba on Thursday.