Keshi is dead

KeshiNigerian 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, on December 15, last year to cancer.

โ€œHe was not ill at all, never showed any signs of illness, but we suspect he never got over the death of his wife,โ€ a source noted, even while being shocked by the sad news.

He is survived by four children and his mother.

Keshi, the only Nigerian coach to have won the Africa Cup of Nations, achieved a rare feat in 2013 by becoming only the second person to win the trophy both as a player and a coach.

Keshi, a product of St. Finbarrโ€™s College, Akoka, Lagos, started his playing career at a very young age at ACB Football Club, and later played for New Nigeria Bank, Stade dโ€™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.

He also coached Togo and Nigeria at the World Cup, as well as Mali.

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