Former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi early
Wednesday died of cardiac arrest in Benin City,
The former international football captain who
was billed to travel to US later today had lost
his wife of 35 years, Kate, last year after a
prolonged battle with cancer.
According to a statement signed by his manager,
Emmanuel Ado, “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,”
“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.”
He Ais survived by four children and his mother.
Nicknamed the “Big Boss” for his leadership
skills, Keshi led Nigeria to win the Africa Cup of
Nations in 2013 by becoming only the second
person to win the trophy both as a player and a
The only other person to have achieved the feat
is Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary.
He also coached Togo and Nigeria at the World
Cup, as well as Mali.
A product of St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Lagos,
Keshi started his playing career at a very young
age at ACB Football Club, and later played for
New Nigeria Bank, Stade d’Abidjan, Africa Sports,
Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasbourg, and a host
of other clubs.
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.