Stephen Keshi, Nigerian Football Legend Is Dead

Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi

Former captain and coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Stephen Keshi has been confirmed dead.

Aged 54, the Big Boss, as he was fondly called by many people, reportedly suffered a heart attack on Wednesday.

Keshi was one of only two men to win the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and a coach.

He was captain of the Super Eagles team that won the 1994 Nations Cup in South Africa and narrowly missed out on a World Cup quarter-final place the same year.

He then led the Nigerian national team to the 2013 Nations Cup title in South Africa and the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.






     

     

    He was sacked for a final time in July 2015 following series of disagreements with the Nigerian Football Federation, NFF.

    Keshi had coached the Malian and Togolese national teams. But he made history in Togo when he led the country to its first ever FIFA World Cup in Germany in 2006.

    Keshi’s playing career included a spell for Belgian club side Anderlecht.

    It would be recalled that Keshi lost his wife to cancer in December 2015 and family members said he never got over that tragic incident.

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