A new date for the funeral rites of the late former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has been fixed. He will be finally laid to rest at his country-home of Illah town in Delta State, July 29, 2016.
The Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, revealed that the ceremonies will hold between July 28 and July 31, 2016.
The burial activities for the former Super Eagles supremo would include a requiem mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 30 Airport Road, Benin City, a novelty match by All Stars and Tributes, and a service of songs/vigil mass at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, Delta State.
The burial ceremonies will be concluded on Sunday, July 31, 2016, with a thanksgiving mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, by 10:00am
It would be recalled that the elder brother of the late Super Eagles coach and spokesman for the family Sylvester Keshi had on in June told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the family has proposed July 28th for the burial and had begun preparations.
But the children of the deceased had expressed shock and surprise that a date was put forward for their father’s burial rites without their knowledge and consent.
His first son Stephen Keshi Jnr, on arriving Nigeria from his Atlanta,said:“I just came into Nigeria on Tuesday night, and we read in the papers today that somebody has fixed a date for the burial. I am shocked like my sisters and my brothers. Since our father died, nobody has spoken to us about how he died, and we have not even seen his corpse. Yet, someone is fixing a date for his burial.”
He however, stated that the family would sit down and come up with a date for the funeral.
Before his death, Keshi coached the national teams of Togo and Mali, qualifying the former to the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
In his last job with Nigeria, he won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Keshi is survived by four children and his mother.