Nigeria and Africa wake to a shocking story of the dead of one it’s very own son, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi in the early hours of today.
Stephen Keshi was born 23 January, 1962 in northern part of Nigeria, Azare, Bauchi State. He hails from Edo State, Benin City.
Keshi died at the age 54 from a heart attack.
Some of Africa’s best footballers have been adding their voice to the tributes of Nigeria’s Stephen
Former Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar wrote on his Twitter handle “l feel anguish waking up to the news that Stephen Keshi, former Super Eagles captain and coach has passed on”
He further commented on it “Keshi was such an admirable and dedicated man who did Nigeria proud with talent in the game of football. May his soul rest in peace.”
Immediate past Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh said ” Horrible news and sad as our legendary captain brother Stephen Keshi dies. May his blessed soul rest in peace. We lost an iconic Hero 2day.”
Former captain of Chipolopolo of Zambia Kalusha Bwalya said “woke up to the passing away of my brother Stephen Keshi. I can’t believe it. I am in shock. Football legend. RIP.”
Keshi’s playing career abroad is mostly in Belgium clubs.
He went to the United Sates of America to be educated in coaching job.
Before his dead Keshi coached Togo National team from 2004-2006 and again from 2007-2008′ he then moved to Mali where handled the national team between 2008-2010 and again went to coach Togo for the theirs time in 2011. He left Togo to come back to his father when the NFF came calling to come and coach the Nigeria’s Super Eagles in 2011.
Stephen Keshi won the Nations Cup AFCON as a player in 1994 and as a coach in 2013.
Keshi was married with his late wife for 33 years before she died of cancer and they had four children.