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Sports News of Monday, 13 March 2023


Ex-Super Falcons coach Ismaila Mabo is dead

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Ismaila Mabo, a former head coach of the Nigeria women’s national team, Super Falcons, has died just two months after announcing that he was suffering from an illness following his wife’s death.

The Mighty Jets of Jos captain and ex-international passed away at his residence in Jos early Monday morning and is expected to be buried shortly thereafter according to Islamic rites.

He was 78.

Mabo is regarded as one of the most successful Nigerian coaches in women’s football after leading the Super Falcons to the quarterfinals of 1999 shortly after his appointment.

It is Nigeria’s best-ever outing at the Women’s World Cup till today, and he was also the team’s coach at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games in Australia.

He left the team in 2002 but returned two years later to lead Super Falcons at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games in Greece.