‘Rest On Big Boss’: NFF, CAF, Others Remember Stephen Keshi

'Rest On Big Boss', Football World Remembers Stephen Keshi After Two Years
File photo: Stephen Keshi.

 

 

The name ‘Big Boss’ is one among a few others that have continued to remain fresh in Nigerian football and Africa in general.

Four years after his death, the memories of Nigeria’s legend and former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, have yet to vanish from the hearts of many in the football world.

Keshi, who was popularly known by many football lovers as the ‘Big Boss’, died in June 2016 at the age of 54 in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

In commemoration of the four years anniversary of his demise, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Confederation of African Football (CAF) led many others to pay tribute to the former Africa Cup of Nations winner.

Former Super Eagles Captain Joseph Yobe and several football lovers also took to social medial to celebrate the ‘Big Boss’.

Keshi was the only Nigerian coach to have won the Africa Cup of Nations and achieved a rare feat by becoming the second person to win the trophy both as a player and a coach in 2013, after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt.

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.

See some of the social media posts by the NFF, CAF, and others below:

‘Rest On Big Boss’, Football World Remembers Stephen Keshi Two Years After

'Rest On Big Boss', Football World Remembers Stephen Keshi After Two Years
File photo: Stephen Keshi

 

The football world has continued to remember Nigeria’s football legend and former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi, two years after his demise.

The ‘Big Boss’, as fondly called, died in Benin City, the Edo State capital, at the age of 54 in June 2016.

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, after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt.

The football legend 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.

He had also coached Togo and Nigeria at the World Cup, as well as Mali.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Nigeria Football Federation, as well as former Eagles Captain Kanu Nwankwo, are among the many who paid tributes to the Big Boss on twitter.

Former Super Eagles Coach, Keshi Loses Wife

keshiThe wife of former Nigerian Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has died.

Sources confirmed to thenff.com on Thursday that Kate, 54, died on Wednesday night in the United States of America, after a brief illness.

“She was ill for a while now and I’m still in shock of this great loss,” Keshi told Completesportsnigeria.com.

“She is more like a sister to me and was the rock behind me and everything I do. My love for her was at first sight,” he said.

The ‘Big Boss’ revealed that the burial arrangements will be made public in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation was among the first to condole with the former Nigeria skipper and Head Coach.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, spoke at length with Keshi over the phone on Thursday afternoon, as news of the tragic incident filtered into the public space.

“This is devastating. To lose a spouse is the equivalent of a tragedy. I pray that Almighty God will give you and the children the fortitude to bear this huge loss,” Pinnick was quoted to have told Keshi over the phone.

“Keshi is a Nigerian hero and we mourn deeply with him at this time. This has come like a big blow, but we pray that he receives divine strength to cope with the situation, and we also pray that the Almighty God will grant the departed eternal rest,” Pinnick added.