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Dede, Mmadu sad to lose football father



Precious Dede and Maureen Mmadu have told supersport.com how sad they are while paying tribute to late Joseph Ladipo also known as Jossy Lad.

Jossy Lad, who worked as Super Falcons head coach to Dede and Mmadu, died on Thursday.

Both players said they felt sad hearing of the passing on of Ladipo, who they fondly called 'Baba Yi' (meaning 'This man') while he was their coach at national team level.

"He used to be a very quiet type, and we called him Baba Yi. He was more like a father than a coach.

"All I know, he was very nice to a fault but he doesn't play with his job," said Dede, who is captain and goalkeeper of the Super Falcons, to supersport.com.

Mmadu, Nigeria's most capped women's player, recalled being given a nickname by Ladipo and the last discussion they had in 2008.

"He was a very good coach. I loved him, as he was like a father to me too, a very nice and easy-going man. He will always give you advice and treat you like his child.

"My last interaction with him was in 2008. I can remember he talked to me about coming back to the Falcons, but I thanked him and told him, 'I don't think it will be possible for me to come back, maybe in future as a coach.'

"There is this Yoruba name he gave me, 'Ti e yato,' which means yours is different. That was the name he called me.

"I am very sad because my country has lost a legend, a father and a very nice coach, we will miss him," said Mmadu to supersport.com.

Jossy Lad was head coach of the Super Falcons to the 2007 All Africa Games in Algiers as well as the Olympic Games and the African Women's Champions, both in 2008.

He resigned his appointment as the team's head coach in December 2008.

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