Former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi Is Dead!

Former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi Is Dead!

Stephen Keshi Is Dead

Nigerian football icon Stephen Keshi Okechukwu died suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday in Benin City, Edo state, TheCable understands.

The former international football player and coach had lost his wife of 33 years, Kate, last year after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Its was confirmed his death from a member of his family as well as one of his close associates.

“He was not ill at all, never showed any signs of illness, but we suspect he never got over the death of his wife,” a friend said.

He is survived by four children and his mother.

Stephen Keshi, the only Nigerian coach to have won the Africa Cup of Nations, achieved a rare feat in 2013 by becoming only the second person to win the trophy both as a player and a coach.
The only other person to have achieved the feat is Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary.

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Keshi, a product of St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Lagos, started his playing career at a very young age at ACB Football Club, and later played for New Nigeria Bank, Stade d’Abidjan, Africa Sports, Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasbourg, and a host of other clubs.

Stephen Keshi represented Nigeria from 1982, at age 20, till 1994, most of the time captaining the Super Eagles and scoring vital goals from his position as a central defender.

He also coached Togo and Nigeria at the World Cup, as well as Mali.

Stephen Keshi, nicknamed the “Big Boss” for his leadership skills, is the fifth member of the all-conquering 1994 team to die, following Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare.

See NFF tweet below…

Stephen Keshi Is Dead tweet

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