Breaking: Former Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is dead



Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, a former coachof
the Nigerian national football team, theSuper
Eagles, is reportedly dead.The Cable reports
that the football legenddied in the early hours
of Wednesday, June8, in Benin City, Edo
state.The sudden demise of the
formerinternational was confirmed by his
relativesand close associates.“He was not ill at
all, never showed any signsof illness, but we
suspect he never got overthe death of his wife,”
one of his closefriends said.The Nigeria
Football Federation alsoconfirmed the tragic
news on its officialTwitter handle. Last year,
Keshi lost his wife of 33 years, Kate, after a
prolonged battle with cancer. He is survived by
four children and his mother. The family has
already 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
todayWednesday, 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.” Keshi, who
was a famous and notable figure in the football
industry, was popularly called the Big Boss. He
is the only Nigerian coach to have won the
Africa Cup of Nations. He also became the
second person in history to win the competition
as a player and as a coach, when he led the
Super Eagles to win the tournament in 2013 in
Johannesburg, South Africa.

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