Ajuma Ameh-Otache, one of Nigeria’s most successful women internationals, has died at the age of 33.
Ameh-Otache played for Nigeria at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and also won the African Women’s Cup of Nations that same year.
She died on Saturday after a prolonged battle with a rare muscular disease which resurfaced while on national assignment with the U17 women’s team.
She made history, last year, when she became the first female manager to coach and promote a male team from Nigeria Nationwide League two to Nigeria NationWide League One with Goodland Rangers Football Club Lagos.
“We are sad to hear of the sudden passing of former Nigeria midfielder, African Women’s Championship winner, Olympian, Ajuma Otache who passed on Saturday,” the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) announced on Twitter.
She is survived by her husband Peter Otache and three children.