‘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.

Google Honours ‘The Big Boss’ Stephen Keshi

The former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi, has been honoured with a Google doodle on his posthumous birthday on Tuesday, January 23.

Popularly called the ‘Big Boss, Google honoured him on its search page with a caricature wearing the Nigerian number four jersey and another wearing a face cap depicting his role as captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles and Coach of the team.

Also in the image are medals with ’94 and ’13 inscribed on them apparently showing his achievements in 1994 Africa Cup of Nations as player and as a coach in 2013.

Born January 23, 1962, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national football team, making him the nation’s second-most capped player at the time of his retirement.

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 led Nigeria to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations becoming only the second person to win the trophy both as a player and a coach after Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt.

Keshi died on June 8 in Benin City at the age of 54 and was buried in his hometown, Illah, Delta State.

The author of  Things Fall Apart, Late Chinua Achebe was also another notable Nigerian honoured by Google in the past.

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.

Reps Demand Payment of Keshi and Amodu’s Entitlements

Keshi, AmoduThe House of Representatives has mandated the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to ensure immediate payment of entitlements due to the families of former Super Eagles Coaches, Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu.

Sponsoring the motion, Rep. Samuel Onuigbo noted that the two iconic Nigerians served the country as coaches and their demise is a huge loss to both national and the international community.

The House also urged the federal government to immortalize the football icons so as to encourage the younger ones to always give their best for the development of the nation.

The Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) Amodu Shaibu died on Saturday, June 11 at the age of 58.

The four–time coach of the Super Eagles complained of chest pains on Friday night and died in his sleep.

Amodu Shaibu’s death came three days after the death of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi.

Amodu Shaibu had Coach Keshi as his assistant at the 2002 Cup of Nations in Mali.

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.

Amodu Shuaibu’s Death, Another Colossal Loss – Saraki

Amodu-ShuaibuNigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Saturday expressed grief over the death of a former boss of the Super Eagles, Coach Amodu Shuaibu, describing it as another colossal national loss.

Dr. Saraki in a statement by his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, commiserated with the family of the late Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over the unfortunate incident.

Particularly Sad

He described the incident as particularly sad, coming barely 72 hours after the country lost another national sports hero, Mr Stephen Keshi.

The Senate President said the deceased contributed immensely to the development of football in Nigeria and the greater strides the nation had recorded so far in sports development.

He urged the younger generation to use their lifetime to make meaningful contributions to national development.

“The ex-coach left indelible footprints on the sands of time.

“He will be remembered for his immense contributions to the growth of football in Nigeria and by extension the African continent,” the Senate President emphasised.

While praying God to grant the departed soul a place in Aljannah Girdaus, he called on the immediate family, NFF and the sports community to take solace in the fact that late Amodu lived his life in the service of the nation.

The four-time Coach of the Super Eagles complained of chest pains on Friday night and died in his sleep. He was 58 years old.

Mr Shaibu’s death comes three days after the death of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi.

NFF Technical Director, Amodu Shaibu Dies At 58

Amodu shaibuThe Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) Amodu Shaibu has died at the age of 58.

The four – time Coach of the Super Eagles complained of chest pains on Friday night and died in his sleep.

Amodu Shaibu’s death comes three days after the death of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi.

Amodu Shaibu had Coach Keshi as his assistant at the 2002 Cup of Nations in Mali.

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

He has managed clubs like Shooting Stars, BCC Lions, El Kanemi Warriors, Sharks F.C and Orlando Pirates of South Africa

The late Amodu Shaibu will buried today by 4pm, at his home town in Okpella, Edo State, according to Muslim rites.

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.

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.

AAG: Siasia Confident Of U-23 Team Against Ghana, Egypt, Senegal

SiasiaHead Coach of the U-23 National Team, Samson Siasia has described All-Africa Games group B opponents Ghana, Egypt and Senegal as tough nuts, but assured Nigerians that his team will qualify from the group and ultimately aim for the gold medal.

Reacting to Thursday’s draw held at the CAF headquarters in Egypt, Siasia, who is with his U-23 boys in Port Harcourt preparing for next weekend’s African U-23 Championship final round, first leg qualifier against Congo, expressed surprise that the strongest teams in the tournament, pedigree -wise, ended up in the same pool.

“I can tell you for free that this group B is a tough one, for all the countries in this group can qualify for the semi finals. All I can say for now is that we are not afraid of any of them, and will know what to do when we get to that bridge.”

Coach Siasia added that for now, all his concentration is on the African U-23 Championship qualifying fixture home and away to Congo, as that is of immediate importance.

Meanwhile, the Dream Team will on Friday play a friendly game against Nigeria Nationwide League club, Go Round FC in Port Harcourt.

The encounter kicks off at 4pm.