The family of late Super Eagle’s coach Stephen Keshi has proposed July 28 for his burial. Keshi’s elder brother and spokesman for the family Sylvester Keshi who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Illah, Delta State, on Tuesday that the family had begun preparations for the burial.
“For now, we are proposing July 28 for the burial, although we are still awaiting the constitution of the burial committee being planned by the Nigeria Football Federation.
“At present, we are planning ahead for Stephen’s burial. We are still meeting, consulting and making preparations to give our son a befitting burial. We are making preparations for the renovation of his family house here in Illah.”
He also said a representative of Keshi’s family, Mr. Emma Ado, has held several meetings with the NFF and a letter has been sent to the sports ministry about the burial plans for the former Nigeria captain.
“Emma Ado, who was Stephen’s agent, has been liaising with the football house and letters have been dispatched in respect of the burial. So, I want to believe that in the comings days, we will have a burial committee to work with because it is not just a family burial, the government is involved too.”
Although, Delta and Edo governments had indicated their interest in the burial, Sylvester said the full details of the programme would be made public as soon as the committee was constituted, adding that “For now, the family has not received any contribution from anybody or organisation for the burial. People are just indicating their interest to be part of the burial. We are still consulting.”
He also said the former eagle’s captain would be laid to rest in his hometown, Illah.
“Before his death, Stephen had told his children and close family members that he should be buried in Illah when he dies. He is a son of the soil, so his wish stands.”
Stephen Keshi died last Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The ex-international death came barely six months after he lost his wife, Nkem Kate Keshi, to cancer. He is survived by four children and an aged mother.