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Ismaila Mabo dies at 80

Ismaila Mabois
Late Ismaila Mabois

Former Nigeria’s women’s national team coach Ismaila Mabois dead. The former Nigeria International who led the Super Falcons to a record quarter final finish at the 1999 FIFA  Women’s World Cup  in the USA, reportedly passed on in the early hours of Monday, 13th Match in  Jos, Plateau State after protracted illness.

Mabo who was in charge of the Super Falcons for many years held the singular honour as the only coach to have led the team   to the quarter-finals of both the FIFA Women’s World Cup ( USA 1999) and Women’s Olympic Football Tournament (Athens 2004).

He played for Mighty Jets of Jos  in a flamboyant career in the 1960s and 1970s and was the club’s president until his demise.

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Former youth international  Salisu Nakade, a member of the historic FIFA U-16  World Cup-winning Golden Eaglets at China in 1985,  confirmed the death of the deceased, adding he was 80 years of age.

“ He died at 80 not 78,” Nakade, a sibling of the deceased  told The Nation.“ He would be taken for prayers at 10 am this morning and thereafter to the burial ground for interment. May Allah grant him eternal rest.”

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