Stephen Keshi’s Funeral Rites Begin

keshiFuneral rites for former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi has begun with a requiem mass at St. Paul Anglican Church in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Reverend Father Richard Ofere, during his sermon said that death is not the end of life for a good Christian rather it is a passage to eternal glory.

There was a lying-in-state ceremony which was followed by a novelty match involving football veterans at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, witnessed by family, friends and the public.

Present at the ceremony is a delegation of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), led by its President, Amaju Pinnick.

Former team mates of the late football strategist, including Austin Eguavoen, Peter Rufai, Mutiu Adepoju and Uche Okechukwu were also present.

Former Super Eagles coach, Fanny Amun, used the occasion to demand adequate compensation for national service.

Stephen Keshi passed on at the age of 54 in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8 in Benin City, the Edo State capital in south-south Nigeria.

In 2013, he became the second person to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt.

Sports Enthusiasts Pay Tribute To Stephen Keshi

Stephen-Keshi-SportsSports enthusiasts in Africa have paid tribute to late Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi.

The sports fanatics gathered in Johannesburg at an event convened by former Nigerian goalkeeper, Idah Peterside, to honour the Nigerian football legend.

In their remarks, Bafana Bafana Head Coach, Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba, and a former Nigerian Goalkeeper, Willie Opara, decried the interference with the efforts of coaches put in charge of teams.

The duo called on the official football administration to ensure less inference as much as possible, saying it is detrimental to the development of African football.

Also present at the memorial ceremony were other sports legends and fans from Nigeria, Zambia, DR Congo and South Africa.

Stephen Keshi passed on at the age of 54 in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8 in Benin City, the Edo State capital in south-south Nigeria.

In 2013, he became the second person to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt.

Shuaibu Amodu’s Death Is Great Loss To Football Community – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, Shuaibu Amodu, Amodu Shuaibu Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the death of former Super Eagles Coach, Shuaibu Amodu, as a great loss to the football community.

Governor Oshiomhole said this in Okpella Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State in southern Nigeria, where the remains of the four–time coach of the Super Eagles was being laid to rest.

He said that the demise of Shuaibu Amodu was indeed a big loss, especially when Nigeria was still mourning the demise of another former player and coach of the senior national team, Stephen Keshi.

At the burial rites in his hometown, officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and well-wishers joined members of his immediate family to pay the former tactician of BCC Loins of Gboko his last respect.

The NFF, in a statement by its Communication Department, described the late technical director as one of the best coaches Nigeria had produced.Amodu shaibu

The 58-year-old died in the early hours of Saturday, after complaining of chest pain on Friday night.

Shuaibu Amodu had Coach Keshi who died three days prior to his death, as his assistant at the 2002 Cup of Nations in Mali.

He was born on April 18, 1958 and played as a striker for Dumez and Niger Tornadoes before ending his career after a leg injury.

Stephen Keshi’s Death: Family, Delta Sports Commission, Govt React

keshiThe family of Late former Super Eagles’ player and Coach, Stephen Keshi has expressed shock over the death of the Nigerian sports legend.

At the family compound in Illah, Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, the mood of the people was pensive, as one of the family members, Mr Ogbuenyi Iwediebo and Mr Rapu Onwordi said that Keshi was missed by all of them.

The family also said the funeral arrangements would soon be made known.

Reacting to the news, the Executive Chairman, Delta Sate Sports Commission, Mr Tony Okowa, eulogised Keshi, saying his contribution to the growth of football in Nigeria was unequalled.

Meanwhile, the Delta State Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has described the sudden demise of former Super Eagles Player and Coach, Stephen Keshi as tragic and a monumental loss to football in Nigeria, Africa and the entire world.

The Governor in a tribute contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, extolled the leadership qualities and sterling contributions of the former Super Eagles Captain and Coach to the growth and development of football in Nigeria and Africa.

According to Governor Okowa, the sterling contributions of Mr Keshi to the development of football in Nigeria and Africa was legendary, commendable and worthy of emulation.

“Keshi is a great patriot and achiever, having led Nigeria to win the African Nations Cup twice as a player and Coach.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta State, I commiserate with the family of the late Stephen Keshi, and the entire football loving fans in Nigeria over the demise of the late Super Eagles former Captain and Coach.

“The remarkable achievements recorded by the Nigeria Super Eagles in 1994 and 2013 were unarguably due to his indefatigable role as the Captain and Coach of the Super Eagles in those glorious years culminating in the winning of the African Nations Cup,” the Governor stated.

Former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, Dies At 54

Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, Nigeria’s football legend, Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi, has died at the age of 54.

Keshi passed on in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8 in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

A statement by his manager, Emmanuel Ado, confirmed the death of the former Super Eagles captain.

“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 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.

“We thank God for his life.

“We want to ask for understanding in this very difficult time for the family,” the statement said.

Keshi’s corpse has been deposited at the Idahosa hospital in Benin City.

He is survived by four children.

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.

He started his playing career at ACB Football Club, and later played for New Nigeria Bank, Stade d’Abidjan, Africa Sports, Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasbourg, and a host of other clubs around the world.

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