Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, a former coach of the
Nigerian national football team, the Super Eagles, is
The Cable reports that the football legend died in the early
hours of Wednesday, June 8, in Benin City, Edo state.
The sudden demise of the former international was
confirmed by his relatives and 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,” one of
his close friends said.
The Nigeria Football Federation also confirmed the tragic
news on its official Twitter handle.
Nigeria legend, Stephen Keshi, dies at 54
9:53 PM – 7 Jun 2016
Former Nigeria Captain and Coach, Stephen
Keshi, is dead. Reports say the legend died in
the early hours of Wednesday, RIP Big Boss.
9:59 PM – 7 Jun 2016
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.
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The family has already released a statement announcing his
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.”
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Keshi, who was a famous and notable figure in the football
industry, was popularly called the Big Boss.
He is the only Nigerian coach to have won the Africa Cup of
Nations. He also became the second person in history to
win the competition as a player and as a coach, when he
led the Super Eagles to win the tournament in 2013 in
Johannesburg, South Africa.