Mudashiru Lawal

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Mudashiru "Muda" Lawal
Personal information
Full name Mudashiru Babatunde Lawal
Date of birth 8 June 1954
Place of birth Abeokuta, Nigeria
Date of death 6 July 1991(1991-07-06) (aged 37)
Place of death Ibadan, Nigeria
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1984 Shooting Stars F.C.
1985–1986 Stationery Stores F.C.
1987–1988 Abiola Babes
1989–1991 Shooting Stars F.C.
National team
1975–1985 Nigeria 86 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mudashiru Babatunde "Muda" Lawal (8 June 1954 in Abeokuta – 6 July 1991 in Ibadan) was a Nigerian footballer who played as a midfielder for both club and country.


He worked as a mechanic before his football talents were discovered, and made his national team debut in 1975. The same year, he joined Shooting Stars F.C. of Ibadan, where he would play for many years. In 1976, he helped the club to their first continental title, winning the African Cup Winners Cup – the first Nigerian team to do so. In 1985 the club side was disbanded by a military governor. Muda returned to the side four seasons latter as an assistant coach/player.

International career[edit]

Muda won 86 caps and scored 12 goals for his country, and holds the record of being the only player on the continent to have appeared at five consecutive Nations' Cup finals (1976–1984). Lawal guided Nigeria to its first African Nations Cup title, at the 1980 African Nations Cup.[1] The team also competed at the Summer Olympics the same year.


Lawal died in his home in 1991. The Ashero Stadium in his hometown Abeokuta was named after him upon his death


  1. ^ Umaru Lere, Ismaila (15 April 2007). "Late Mudashiru Babatunde Lawal". Daily Trust (Nigeria).

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