Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, former Super Eagles Coach and one-time defender of the Super Eagles is dead. He was confirmed dead by Ben Olaiya. Olaiya speaking to Vanguard Sport Editor, Tony Ubani on phone shouting Keshi’s nickname said ‘Tony yes the Big Boss is dead the Big boss is dead
Also, Ademola Olajire, an Assistant Director of Communications in the Nigeria Football
Federation, said that Keshi died after he was rushed to a 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. More so Valere Hounandinou, an Assistant Coach to Keshi, confirmed to Vanguard that ”last week Stephen Keshi complained to him that he was having irregular heart beats and he advised him to go the hospital’.
Keshi died suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Benin City in southern Nigeria. He was planning to return to his base in the United States later that day.
His friends say that Keshi was in good health and had no previous heart problems.
After winning 64 Nigeria caps as a central defender between 1981-95, Keshi had three stints in charge of Togo before taking over as Nigeria coach in 2011. He also coached Mali between 2008-10.
He led Nigeria to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title, defeating Burkina Faso in the final in South Africa before guiding them to the second round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Nigeria Football Federation on it twitter handle @thenff tweeted ‘Former Nigeria Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead. Reports say the legend died in the early hours of Wednesday, RIP Big Boss,