Nigerian football icon Stephen Okechukwu Keshi is dead as first announced by the Nigerian Football Federation.
He died suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday in Benin City, Edo state.
His departure was confirmed his death from a member of his family as well as one of his close associates.
He was not ill at all, never showed any signs of illness, but we suspect he never got over the death of his wife,
a friend said.
Last year, Keshi lost his wife of 33 years, Kate, after a prolonged battle with cancer.He is survived by four children and his mother.
The family has already released a statement announcing his death. The statement signed by Emmanuel Ado was titled:
Stephen Keshi CON has gone to be with his wife.
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 wrote. “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.
We thank God for his life. We want to ask for understanding in this very difficult time for the family.
Just as the sporting world is still mourning the loss of world’s greatest Boxer, Mohammad Ali, Nigeria has lost one of it best figure in the football world.
He represented Nigeria from 1982, at age 20, till 1994, most of the time captaining the Super Eagles and scoring vital goals from his position as a central defender.
He also coached Togo and Nigeria at the World Cup, as well as Mali.
Keshi, nicknamed the “Big Boss” for his leadership skills, is the fifth member of the all-conquering 1994 team to die, following Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare.
Rest in peace, Big Boss…
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