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Plateau United FC Head Coach, Pele Dies At 58

Mr Audu Pele, head coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Plateau United Football Club of Jos, is dead.

Mr Albert Dakup, the Media Officer of the team announced the death of the 58-years-old coach in a statement on Wednesday in Jos.

Dakup said that Pele died Wednesday afternoon at his residence along Ali Kazaure community in Jos North local government area of the state following a brief illness.

According to him, the deceased was hospitalised at the Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, and was discharged on Monday.

Dakup said the deceased, who is survived by a wife, five children and many relations joined the services of Plateau United as a coach of the feeder team in 2014.

“Following a string of poor results shortly after returning to the NPFL in 2016, the management of the team headed by Pius Henwan, elevated coach Pele alongside other coaches from the feeder team to the main team.

“He had contributed immensely in moving the team from relegation that season as he served as acting head coach in the absence of Zakary Baraje

“Pele also played a prominent role in the road to winning the team first league title in 2017 when he assisted coach Kennedy Boboye achieved that feet .

“Last season he was the team’s stabilising force when he stood in for its Head coach, Abdu Maikaba, who was away on national duty with the Flying Eagles,” he said.

The media officer said Pele played for the defunct Nigerian standard and JIB Rock Strikers, adding that he coached Mighty Jets and the JUTH FC among other clubs.

Dakup said the remains of Pele has since been buried according to Islamic rights.

– Club Suspends Training –

The management of Plateau United FC of Jos said the team would not train on Thursday in honour of its late Head Coach, Audu Pele, who died on Wednesday afternoon.

Albert Dakup, the team’s Media Officer announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Jos.

Dakup said that the General Manager of the club, Pius Henwan, who gave the directive, described Pele as an unassuming man whose name has been etched in the history of the club.

Henwan assured Pele’s immediate family of the club’s support, noting that death was a necessary end for all mortals.

Speaking to NAN, the chief coach of the team, Abdu Maikaba, described the deceased as one of the best assistants he had ever worked with.

Maikaba explained that the deceased who stood in for him when he was with the Flying Eagles in 2019, was a reliable assistant.

He commended Pele’s sincerity in handling the affairs  of the team and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.

“The entire team is expected to use the training-free day and join other mourners in paying their condolences to the family of the late coach,” Maikaba said.


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