Bucs chairman Dr Irvin Khoza spoke about the late, former Nigeria head coach Stephen Keshi, who passed away on Wednesday with a suspected cardiac arrest.
“It’s a great loss,” Dr Khoza told EWN Sport. “He made history as one of the few men to represent his country at Afcon and the World Cup,” he said.
It was in 2011 that Pirates nearly signed up Keshi as a coach.
“Keshi to Pirates? There was a possibility before he joined the Nigerian national team,” he added.
“It’s regrettable because at some time we were expecting him to be a coach in South Africa.
“It would’ve been nice to have a player and coach of his calibre at Pirates.
“At the time when he came from Togo, there was about a 70% that he would come to South Africa,” he continued.
“There are a lot of Nigerian supporters in South Africa. This time around there were no discussions opened,” Khoza concluded.
So, even though Keshi was linked to Pirates in the past, there were no interviews with the late Nigerian coach this time around.