Former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi is dead, his family has announced. The big boss has he is fondly called only lost his wife some m...
Former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi is dead, his family has announced. The big boss has he is fondly called only lost his wife some months ago and has now passed on too.
Emmanuel Ado a brother to the Late coach said the 54-year old who won the nations up as a player and a coach with the Super Eagles died of Cardiac arrest in the early hours of Wednesday June 8
“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,” Ado said in a statement.
He continued “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, He 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. He concludedThough deeply mourning the shock exit, Ado said the family remains grateful to God for the life spent by the Big Boss. Last year, he lost his wife of 35 years Kate after a prolonged battle with cancer.
In 2013, Keshi became only the second man to captain and then coach his country’s team to win the Africa Cup of Nations.
‘Big Boss’, as he was fondly nicknamed because of his charisma and leadership drive, sparked off an exodus of Nigerian players to Belgium in 1985, when he joined top club Anderlecht.
A commanding central defender, he also played for Strasbourg in France, Stade Abidjan as well as in Malaysia He was lately linked with a coaching post in South Africa with Orlando Pirates among the clubs reported to be interested in hiring him.