Exclusive: Keshi was close to getting Pirates job – Agent

Stephen Keshi is Dead

Stephen Keshi was in contention for the Orlando Pirates job and would have ‘most definitely’ worked in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) next season, according to the late coach’s agent, Tim Sukazi.

The ‘Big Boss’ was linked with the Orlando Pirates coaching job and some suggested he had already signed with the PSL giants and while his agent clarified that Keshi never signed with Pirates, he has however admitted that the former Super Eagles coach was a contender for the job.

“Keshi didn’t sign with Pirates and the reports were not true as at that time but it was certainly being discussed,” said Sukazi.

“I discussed it with him and the job would have suited him given Pirates’ status as a high profile club and also considering Keshi’s profile as well.

“I am sure he most definitely would have moved to South Africa and handled a club for next season,” he added.

Keshi died in the early hours of Wednesday in his home in Benin City after suffering a cardiac arrest, according to his family.

Keshi was Nigeria’s captain from 1983 to 1994, and won the Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in ’94, as well as appearing in the country’s first ever World Cup in the same year.

As a coach, he worked with the senior national teams of Togo, Mali and Nigeria.