Three years on, Stephen Keshi remembered

Mazino Dickson

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As Nigeria gets set to make a bid for the 2019 AFCON scheduled for Egypt, the nation is today remembering one of its great icons.

June 7 makes it 3 years since former captain and coach of the Super Eagles – Stephen Keshi – died.

Keshi complained of a leg ailment while holidaying at his Airport road home in Benin, Edo state before he passed away.

His death came six months after his wife Kate Keshi died after a prolonged illness.

Tributes

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) led the tributes for the late Stephen Keshi.

In a message sent via its twitter handle, the NFF said:

Chiedu Unini, a football fan based in Asaba, Delta state, urged the NFF to use the friendly match on Saturday to honour Keshi.

“A minute silence should be observed tomorrow Saturday at the Stephen Keshi stadium, Asaba before the game against Zimbabwe,” Unini said.

“Till we meet again God be with you till we meet again the boss rest in peace,” Ogunjimi Ajani, another fan based in Bayelsa state said.

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Having made his mark with New Nigerian Bank (NNB) of Benin, Keshi blazed the trail for Nigerian players plying their trade abroad – Stade d’Abidjan, Africa Sports, Lokeren, Anderlecht, and RC Strasbourg.

He captained Nigeria to lift the 1994 AFCON title in Tunisia and 19 years he coached the Super Eagles to another win at the 2013 AFCON tournament in South Africa.

Keshi remains the only other person to have achieved the feat is Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary.