Former Nigerian senior national team Head Coach, Christian Chukwu, has expressed deep shock at the sudden death of former Green Eagles' Captain, Victor Oduah.
Oduah who was at one time captain of Vipers FC (Bendel Insurance) died on Tuesday evening in Benin City. He led Insurance to defeat Mighty Jets of Jos 3-2 in the 1972 FA Cup final in Ibadan after the first leg deadlocked in Lagos.
Chukwu said he never heard the late Oduah was sick, not to talk of being dead.
"It's a terrible shock to me because I never knew he was at any time sick. I got the shocking news early this morning (Thursday) from a colleague in Port Harcourt. I'm really short of words, it's a big blow to the football family," said the former Nigerian defence ace to supersport.com.
Chukwu described the former Nigerian defender as a perfect gentleman off and on the pitch.
"I played with him briefly in 1973 at the point he was leaving the national team after the team won gold at that year's All Africa Games in Lagos.
"He's an evangelist, gentleman, peaceful, unassuming and an amiable captain. May his soul rest in peace," he submitted.
Chukwu would want the nation to honour one of their best past hero.
"Nigeria should and honour him, he captained and won laurel for the nation as well as Insurance of Benin.
"The federation should sit down and see how to honour their past hero," he said.