Nigerian football icon Stephen Okechukwu Keshi died suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday in Benin City, Edo state, TheCable understands.
The former international football player and coach had lost his wife of 33 years, Kate, last year after a prolonged battle with cancer.
“He was no longer sick in any respect, never showed any signs and symptoms of illness, however we suspect he never got over the loss of life of his spouse,” a friend said.
He’s survived by using four youngsters and his mom.
Keshi, the handiest Nigerian educate to have won the Africa Cup of countries, performed a rare feat in 2013 with the aid of becoming best the second one individual to win the trophy each as a player and a teach.
The simplest other man or woman to have executed the feat is Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary.
Keshi, a fabricated from St. Finbarr’s college, Akoka, Lagos, commenced his gambling career at a totally young age at ACB football club, and later performed for new Nigeria financial institution, Stade d’Abidjan, Africa sports activities, Lokeren, Anderlecht, RC Strasbourg, and a number of different golf equipment.
He represented Nigeria from 1982, at age 20, until 1994, most of the time captaining the first-rate Eagles and scoring vital desires from his function as a important defender.
He also coached Togo and Nigeria at the sector Cup, in addition to Mali.
Keshi, nicknamed the “big Boss” for his management competencies, is the fifth member of the all-conquering 1994 team to die, following Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare.
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