Accounts of the last moments of late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has been given by one of the close family members of the late football coach who died late Tuesday night in Benin City, South-South Nigeria.
Speaking with journalists at the premises of Faith Mediplex where he was confirmed death, Keshi’s brother in-law, Richard Aburime, described his death as sudden and shocking.
“He had complained of pains in his leg for some days and they kept massaging it for him. When he complained of it yesterday, they massaged it for him again.
“About one and half hours after the massaging, he was in serious distress and was gasping for breath. That was how we rushed him to the hospital (Faith Mediplex), a distance of about 20 minutes. But by the time they arrived at the hospital, the doctor certified him dead on arrival. That was sometime between 11:30 and 11:45 pm,” Aburime said
Born January 31, 1961, Late Coach Stephen Keshi, popularly called the Big Boss, is the only Nigerian coach to have won the Africa Cup of Nations.
Keshi enjoyed an illustrious career first as a player and then as a coach.
He started his playing career at the defunct ACB Football Club before going on to the New Nigerian Bank and from there he exported his trade to the neighbouring Ivory Coast where he starred for the country’s top clubs Stade d’Abidjan and African Sports.