Sunday Oliseh, Emmanuel Amunike, and Daniel “The Bull” Amokachi lead other ex-internationals to pay tribute to the late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.
The 54-year-old passed away in the early hours of today after an unexpectedly of a heart attack. It’s is just six months since the wife, Mrs Kate passed away (December 10, 2015) leaving behind four children from their 33-year-old marriage.
The Edo born manager assisted Dutchman Johannes Bonfrere when the Super Eagles finished lost to Cameroon in the Africa Cup of Nations final in 2000, and later became the first Nigerian to lead the Super Eagles to Cup of Nations glory at the 2013 finals in South Africa.
Thus, joining late Egyptian Mahmoud el-Gohary as the only ones to have won the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and as a Coach.
Leading the tribute was former Super Eagles manager and teammate Sunday Oliseh: “Horrible news & sad day as our legendary Captain & brother Stephen Keshi dies. May his blessed soul rest in peace. We lost an iconic Hero 2day.”
Current Flying Eagles manager and former teammate Emmanuel Amunike said: “We lost a brother, a father, a leader and someone who has inspired us all. It’s unfortunate, may his soul rest in peace.”
Daniel “The Bull” Amokachi added: “Very sad to hear about Stephen Keshi’s passing. A true Nigerian football legend. RIP.
Peterside Idah who had a short career with Super Eagles but close with Stephen Keshi added: “Skippo why why you just can leave us behind. As our skipper I know you have gone to make sure we are ok when we come#Ripkeshi.”
Some other professionals that played against Keshi during his illustrious career joined in the paying tribute to the Nigerian legend.
“Very sad to hear about Stephen Keshi passing away,condolences to his family..An absolute gentleman off the field and a fantastic player..RIP,” Mark Fish, former South African international.
“I can’t believe it. I am in shock my brother. Keshi and myself started almost at same time in Belgium (1986) RIP,” Kalusha Bwalya, Ex-Zambia international.
Keshi played 64 matches for the Super Eagles and scored nine times. He played a total on 386 career games and scored 61 goals.