Nigerian Football Icon Stephen Keshi Dead at 54

Rest in peace, Big Boss.


Rest in peace, Big Boss.

One of Nigeria’s most revered sports icons, Stephen Keshi, died suddenly of a heart attack Wednesday morning in Benin City. The former Super Eagles captain and coach was 54.

Keshi is one of only two men to win the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and manager. In 2013 he led the Nigerian national team to victory at the Cup of Nations and the Round of 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Keshi also had coaching stints for Togo and Mali.

More recently he was rumoured to be in the running to take over as coach of South Africa’s Orlando Pirates.

A family spokesperson, Emmanuel Ado, confirmed Keshi’s death in a statement to Premium Times. “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” Ado said. "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.”

Tributes to the Nigerian football great are pouring in:

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