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Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead

By Tonye Bakare
08 June 2016   |   6:19 am
Former Nigerian Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi is dead, his family and the Nigeria Football Federation announced on Wednesday.
Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to their first Cup of Nations triumph for nearly 20 years in 2013. PHOTO: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to their first Cup of Nations triumph for nearly 20 years in 2013. PHOTO: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi is dead, his family and Nigeria Football Federation announced on Wednesday. He was 54.

Keshi led the Eagles to their first Cup of Nations triumph for nearly 20 years in 2013. His death came less than seven months he lost his wife, Kate, to cancer.

 

“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,” said Emmanuel Ado, brother to the deceased in a statement.

“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.”