Legendary and former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi is dead, www.e-nigeriang.com has confirmed.
The former international football player who lost his wife, Kate, sometime last year, after a long battle with dreaded terminal disease, cancer, is said to have not gotten over the death of his wife.
According to a close famly source, “He was not ill at all, never showed any signs of illness, but we suspect he never got over the death of his wife,”
The Big Boss as Keshi is fondly called was born, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi in January 23, 1962 and died on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
was a Nigerian football defender. … Between 2004 and 2006 Keshi coached the Togo national football team, surprisingly bringing … He worked as manager of the Mali national football team and afterwards, became Manager of Nigeria National Football team (Super Eagles).
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.
Keshi is also 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.
He 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.
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.
‘He has found rest’
Meanwhile, the family has released a statement announcing his death.
The statement signed by Emmanuel Ado was titled: “Stephen Keshi CON has gone to be with his wife”.
“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,” Ado wrote.
“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law,brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th 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.
“We thank God for his life.
“We want to ask for understanding in this very difficult time for the family.”