Referee Milorad Mazic, right, shows a red card to Nigeria's Abdullahi Shehu, left no. 4, during the Under-20 World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Nigeria and Uruguay in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
Referee Milorad Mazic, right, shows a red card to Nigeria’s Abdullahi Shehu, left no. 4, during the Under-20 World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Nigeria and Uruguay in Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

Super Eagles midfielder Shehu Abdullahi is bereaved after getting the news of his father’s death while in camp for the World Cup qualifier against Swaziland.

Top officials at the National team camp have told the União da Madeira of Portugal midfielder that he can go ahead in playing for the country on Friday if he still chooses to.

Abdullahi’s father passed on in Sokoto on Wednesday and Shehu was informed about the demise in the team’s camp in Abuja.

Abdullahi has always owed his successful career as a football player to his late father, from his youth career at Plateau United to playing for Kano Pillars and his first stint abroad at Qadsia SC in Kuwait to signing for his present Portuguese club União da Madeira.

Abdullahi is presently in Swaziland with the rest of the Super Eagles squad ahead of Friday’s match..

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