One of Nigeria’s most iconic coaches, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, passed away at 54 years of age this morning after a cardiac arrest as announced by his family.
His brother, Emmanuel Ado, confirmed the story to the press in a statement saying,
“With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Frederick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Kesh.
Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem ), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th December 2015.
Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.”
Ademola Olajire, an Assistant Director of Communications in the Nigeria Football Federation, added that Keshi died after he was rushed to an hospital in Benin after complaining of his legs. He said that Keshi had problems with his legs and that he could not stand for long.
Stephen Keshi is survived by 4 children.
Stephen Keshi played for Nigeria as a defender for 9 years starting from 1981 t0 1995 before eventually managing the senior team in 2011. His tenure as coach was a rough one fraught with disagreements with the Nigerian Football Federation. This led to his eventual departure in late 2015.
Former Nigeria Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead. Reports say the legend died in the early hours of Wednesday, RIP Big Boss.
— The NFF (@thenff) June 8, 2016
May he rest in peace.