Stephen Keshi: Football world remembers icon, two years on

Mazino Dickson

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The Nigeria Football family has is today remembering one of its greatest icons late Stephen Keshi.

Keshi passed away passed away two years ago, in Benin City at the age of 54 after sufferring a cardiac arrest.

The big boss’s death hit Nigeria’s football fraternity seriously, considering his contributions both as a player and a coach.

“Today we remember Nigeria and Africa football legend, Late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi who passed on, on this day in 2016. Thank you for the memories ‘The Big Boss.’ We can never forget you,” a tweet on the NFF’s official Twitter handle reads.

Nigerian fans have been pouring encomiums on Stephen Keshi, who blazed the trail for Nigerian players to play their trade in Africa and Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

Who was Keshi?

Born on January 23, 1964, the former Super Eagles defender represented Nigeria at four Africa Cup of Nations competitions (1984, 1988,1992 and 1994) and played one game at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the USA.

Keshi led Togo as coach to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany and also led Nigeria to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. He also won the Africa Cup of Nations title as a player in 1994.

The former Lokeren and Anderlecht star, also guided Nigeria to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil equaling the country’s best ever feat of a second round berth with the team.

He played his first game for Nigeria against Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso in October, 1980) in a friendly game and later made his first competitive match against Tanzania in a World Cup qualifier in December, 1980.

Rest In Peace, Big Boss!!