National Stadium To Be Named After Stephen Keshi


The Federal Government may have concluded plans to name a national stadium in the country after late former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, for his contributions to Nigeria’s sport sector.

Top government sources in Abuja have revealed that a proposal to honour the late football legend has been tabled before the Presidency.

A family source also disclosed that the family is aware that there are such plans but the final decision rests with the Federal Government.

Keshi, 54, died on June 8 in Benin City. He won the continent’s highest football prize, the Africa Cup of Nations, as a player and coach as well as qualified Nigeria for the FIFA World Cup and even equaled Eagles best ever performance.

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Ahead of his burial tentatively scheduled for July 27-29 in his ancestral home of Illah, Delta State, Youth and Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, has indicated that he or the Permanent Secretary of the ministry will now head the expanded committee to give the late soccer icon a befitting burial.

Several state governments have already signified their intentions to be part of the burial. Among the states are Lagos, Cross River, Rivers and Keshi home states of Edo and Delta.

The 20-man committee initially announced may have been expanded to 25 with several important sectors like the supports club, sports journalists, representatives of the NFF, all states indicative of participation in the burial, the Police, Civil Defence, Army and a strong team from his ancestral home in Illah all involved.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government in conjunction with the Sports Writer’s Association of Nigeria and the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, has set up a committee that will help plan the Lagos Farewell Testimonial Match in honour of Keshi and another ex national team coach, Amodu Shaibu.

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The game is scheduled for the Teslim Balogun Stadium on July 23, 2016.