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Stephen Okechukwu Keshi Goes Home (23 January 1962 – 8 June 2016)

June 8, 2016

Following the shocking news of the death of Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, one time coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria, Emmanuel Ado his brother and manager in Nigeria has said that the Big Boss, which was Keshi’s nickname, has gone to meet his wife. Keshi died at the early hours of Wednesday in Benin at an undisclosed hospital. Keshi with his late wife Kate. Emma Ado said that Keshi who was in Nigeria to attend to the grave side of his wife never recovered form the death Kate Keshi. It will be recalled that Kate (née Abureme) died of cancer in December 2015, and they were married for 33 years.

Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was born in 23 January 1962 and died on the 8th of June 2016. Keshi was married to his wife Kate (née Abureme) for 33 years. She died on 10 December 2015, after battling cancer for three years. They had four children. Kesh’s playing career started at ACB Football Club, and later played for New Nigeria Bank, Stade d’Abidjan, Africa Sports, Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasbourg. He was also a football manager of the Nigeria national team and also coached in Togo and Mali.
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He was one of only two people, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach Keshi became coach of the Nigerian National Team in 2011. In 2013 Keshi led Super Eagles Nigeria to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which they won by defeating Burkina Faso 1–0 in the final. Also Keshi led Super Eagles Nigeria to the 2013 Confederations Cup, were they defeated Tahiti 6–1, and lost 1–2 to Uruguay in the second game, and also lost 0–3 to World Cup winners, Spain in their final group game. On 16 November 2013, Keshi’s Super Eagles secured qualification for the 2014 World Cup by beating Ethiopia 4–1 on aggregate in a play-off. On 18 November 2013, Stephen keshi set a record in African football by being the first African coach to successfully qualify two African nations (Nigeria and Togo) to the World Cup Finals. He also helped Nigeria become the first country to achieve an African Cup of Nations trophy and World Cup qualification, both in 2013. On 25 June 2014, Keshi’s Super Eagles progressed to the knockout stage of 2014 World Cup. They started the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Iran, followed by a controversial 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina. They lost the final group stage match 2-3 against Argentina, but progressed to the knockout stage, courtesy of a 3-1 win by Bosnia and Herzegovina over Iran. Keshi, went to Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Lagos, 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.

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