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#RIPKeshi: The World Mourns the “Big Boss”



Stephen Keshi - July 2014 - BellaNaija.comThe football world woke up to the shocking news of the passing one of Nigeria’s finest player and coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.

Emmanuel Ado a brother to the late coach said that the 54-year-old died of Cardiac arrest in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8th.

“With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi.

Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem). 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,” Ado said in a statement.

The Chairman of the Edo State Football Association (EFA), Frank Ilaboya quoting Keshi’s family member, Ricky Aburimen, said that he only complained of a leg ailment while holidaying at his Airport road home in Benin before he passed away on the way to hospital at about 3 AM.

Along with Egypt’s Mahmoud ElGohary, Keshi is one of only two men to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and coach. He is also the only Nigerian coach to have lifted the trophy.

Keshi had his debut game for the Super Eagles in 1981 at age 20, and retired in 1994. He had 64 caps and scored 9 goals.

Keshi who qualified the Togolese football team for the 2006 world cup (the only coach to have done so for the country) also managed the Malian national football team.

He is the fifth member of the glorious 1994 Super Eagles team to die, after Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare.

The Big Boss is survived by four children and his mother.

Nigerians, and indeed the world have been mourning the football icon since the news of his death.


  1. ufuoma

    June 8, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    May your soul rest in peace,Thank you for your service to your motherland.. You will surely be missed. Sleep well

  2. Prince

    June 8, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    #RIPBigBoss. Rest in the bosom of the Almighty.

  3. Yeyeperry

    June 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    There’s just goosebumps all over my body

  4. Ekbasis

    June 8, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    It appears from this story that he might have died from a pulmonary embolism, pain in his leg (could have been a DVT) then cardiac arrest (from a PE) I know it does not change anything, just looking for answers as to why someone like him died so young. Its so sad. May God give his family peace and comfort. ?

    • DayoI

      June 8, 2016 at 3:43 pm

      This was exactly my thought process…not that it really matters. When it’s all said and done, we’ll all die one way or another.
      RIP! and I pray for his family.

    • hashtagmeddiagnosis

      June 8, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      My thought exactly..with history of recent flight…..PE is top on the list…

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