Stephen Keshi dies

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Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi

Former Nigerian football coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has died. Reports say he died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.


Reports coming out of Nigeria suggest the 54 year old reportedly died of cardiac arrest.


Big Boss as he was popularly known 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 after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt when he led the Super Eagles to win the tournament in 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa.


He rose to national prominence when debuted for the Super Eagles in 1981 at age 20. The late Central Defender withdrew from the national team in 1994. He had 64 caps and scored nine goals.


As coach, he qualified an unlikely Togolese national team for the 2006 World Cup in Germany but was sacked and replaced with German Otto Pfister, just before the tournament.


He however, achieved his dream to manage a team at the World Cup when he coached the Super Eagles side to the tournament in 2014.


He is the fifth member of the glorious 1994 Super Eagles team to die, after Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare.


He is survived by four children and his mother.


5 Responses to Stephen Keshi dies

  1. May his soul rest in peace.

    charles mabulo
    June 8, 2016 at 7:39 am

  2. It ‘s heartbreaking to learn this sad story of the demise of this african soccer legend. Kesh was a perfect example of how african coaches can do when given the necessary support required. He will be very much missed by many football lovers in nigeria, across africa and the world. MHSRIP

    Destiny Okocha
    June 8, 2016 at 7:45 am

  3. Sorry Keshi. 54 years is too early to go. But that is what life always comes to. If it were true that human souls go to rest at death, i colud have joined the blind snd ignorant in saying Rest in peace.

    June 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    • Steve, my Coach, my Hero, and my Brother we have lost the Star of Africa. RIP Champion.

      hasting moonga
      June 9, 2016 at 8:48 am

  4. So sad indeed will be truly and greatly missed by the entire continent. MHSRIP

    June 9, 2016 at 11:13 am

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