BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
Apart from Nigeria’s former national coach, the late Amodu Shaibu whose record will hold until Saturday’s opening match of Russia versus New Zealand at the FIFA Confederation Cup, Sports Village Square can reveal another Nigerian in the records of ‘Festival of Champions’.
Amodu at Saudi Arabia 1995 was the youngest coach to handle a team to the competition. He was then 36 years and 263 days old. The record will hold until this Saturday’s kick-off of Russia versus New Zealand’s fixture. The latter’s coach; Anthony Hudson will erase the youngest coach record as he would be 36 years and 96 days old.
But on this day, Saturday June 17, 2017, it is four years since Nigeria’s Nnamdi Oduamadi became the first African player to score a hat-trick in the FIFA Confederations Cup in the Super Eagles’ 6-1 win over Tahiti.
On that same day, Jonathan Tehau also went down in history as the first Tahitian player to score in a FIFA tournament.