Former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi Dies @ 54


Former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi is dead. He reportedly died on the way to hospital at about 3 am Wednesday June 8. Emmanuel Ado, a family spokesperson who confirmed the death in a statement, said he suffered a cardiac arrest in the early hours of Wednesday

“With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi.

“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years, Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on the 9th of December 2015. Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.”

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The ‘Big Boss’ lost his wife in December, 2015

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has also confirmed the demise of the football legend.

Keshi, who was also a former captain of the Nigeria national team was one of only two men to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach. As a player, he was part of the Super Eagles team that won the Nations Cup in 1994 and narrowly missed out on a World Cup quarter-final place the same year.

Keshi and late wife Kate

He also coached the national side over three spells, leading Nigeria to the 2013 Nations Cup title in South Africa and the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

His contract was not renewed after the World Cup but he later returned on a match-by-match deal following the team’s failure to reach the 2015 Nations Cup finals. He was then sacked as caretaker coach but reinstated after intervention from then Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan. He was sacked for a final time last July.

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The ex-international lost his wife, Nkem Kate Keshi, in December. Before her death, they had been married for 35 years. Mrs. Keshi died after a prolonged battle with cancer. He is survived by four children and his aged  mother.

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