Wednesday, 8 June 2016

“This is devastating" NFF mourns Nigeria legend, Stephen Keshi

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed deep shock at the death, in the early hours of Wednesday, of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick was too shocked for words: “This is devastating. We have lost a superhero.” Other Nff executives also had something to say.

Pinnick confirmed he had been in contact with the family and would lead a delegation of some NFF Board and Congress members to Benin City on Thursday.
 “The NFF Board will meet and decide on the best way to honour Stephen Keshi. We will be fully involved in the arrangements for the final burial rites.”

Pinnick has directed that all centres hosting matches of the Nigeria Professional Football League on Wednesday should observe one –minute silence before kick –off. The NFF has already informed the Confederation of African Football and the world body, FIFA about the passing of the legend.

Keshi won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and as a Coach. The only person to achieve similar feat was Egyptian Mahmoud el-Gohary, who is also of blessed memory.

He will be remembered for, among other things, giving home –based players ample opportunity to compete for shirts in the Super Eagles. He was rewarded for this when home –boy Sunday Mba scored two crucial goals as Nigeria won the Cup of Nations in South Africa, including the only goal of the final match against Burkina Faso.

The late Stephen Keshi is survived by four children.