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Nigeria great Paul Hamilton dies at 75

4:40 AM GMT+8 31/03/2017
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The country's great, who served Super Eagles in a myriad of capacities over a career spanning two decades, has died at the age of 75

Former Nigeria player and coach Paul Hamilton has been confirmed dead, months after battling a long illness.

The 75-year-old had been hospitalised at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, where he passed on in the early hours of Thursday.

Reports say he had battled with heart and kidney-related health problems for months before he had his right leg amputated earlier this year.

Hamilton, who was fondly called 'Wonderboy' during his playing days played for the senior national team from the 1960s to 70s featuring at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City.

As a coach, he was the first coach to led the Super Falcons to her first ever Fifa Women's World Cup in 1991 in China.

He steered the Flying Eagles to a third place finish at the 1985 Fifa U20 World Cup in USSR and also handled the Super Eagles in 1989.