Former Nigeria Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead. Reports say the legend died in the early hours of Wednesday.
Keshi, who was 54, is thought to have suffered a heart attack, according to emanating reports. Just earlier in the year, the former Super Eagles coach lost his wife to the cold hands of death after a long battle with Cancer.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick, who was saddened by the shocking news described Keshi as a superhero. "Keshi was a superhero. His death is a big loss to Nigeria as a nation, not only to Nigeria football."
54 year old Keshi married his wife at the age of 21 and has been mourning her silently for a while.
A former captain of the Nigeria national team, Keshi was one of only two men to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach.
He also managed Togo and Mali, and his playing career included a spell for Belgian club side Anderlecht.He coached the national side over three spells, leading Nigeria to the 2013 Nations Cup title in South Africa and the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The family of Coach Stephen Keshi, former Nigerian football coach who died early today in Benin, Edo state has issued a statement confirming his death.
The family also revealed that the 54 year old former Nigerian defender and captain had planned to travel out of Nigeria today back to his US base, before he had a sudden cardiac arrest and died.The statement was issued by Emmanuel Ado, brother and aide to the late Keshi:
“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.”
“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.”
For now no details.
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