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Friends and Family Bid Farewell to Stephen Keshi as He’s Laid to Rest




Stephen Keshi BuriedTears flowed freely on Friday as the remains of former Super Eagles head coach, Stephen Keshi, was laid to rest in his family home in Illah community, Delta.

Keshi who hailed from Illah in Oshimili North Local Government of Delta, died last June in Benin City, the capital of Edo.

The body of the ex-Captain of the national football team was interred at about 2.20PM amid tears, wailing and lamentation by family members, colleagues and friends.

The burial was preceded by a funeral Mass conducted at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah.

The Deputy Governor of Delta, Kingsley Otuaro urged the Keshi family to take solace in the fact that the ex-footballer lived a life full of accomplishments.

He disclosed that plans were underway by the Delta Government to immortalise Keshi as a mark of honour for his selfless service and contributions to the development of football in Nigeria.

“The Government of Delta is already working out modalities to immortalise our dear ‘Skippo’ because he brought so much excellence into football and we are very proud of him.

As a person, I have been an ardent admirer of Keshi right from his days in New Nigerian Bank (NNB) of Benin City.

Really, it is unfortunate we have missed him at a time like this.

As Nigerians, we cannot in a hurry forget the contributions he has made to our nation. He came, saw and conquered. Adieu, the Big Boss,” Otuaro said.

Paying tribute also, the former Super Eagles Captain, Augustine Eguavoen, noted with pain the untimely passage of his former teammate whom, he described as a born leader.

“He has indeed worked tirelessly to develop football in Nigeria. It is difficult to accept that Keshi is no longer with us. He will continue to be one of us and will remain our boss. Today, he is lying down dead, it could have been any of us,” he said.

The ex-footballer said that Keshi’s teammates in the national team had taken solace in the fact that the “Big Boss”, as he was fondly called, was a celebrated hero up to his death.

“Although painful as it may be, we are consoled because Keshi achieved so much in his career. We cannot question God, so, we give glory to Him for everything. Our hearts are heavy. Keshi was a very brave man who stood for whatever he believed in,” Eguavoen added.

The burial was attended by a galaxy of former ex-internationals, majority of who were Keshi’s former teammates who played between 1990 and 1994.

Among them were Peter Rufai, Mutiu Adepoju, Henry Nwosu, Friday Ekpo, Uche Okechukwu, Victor Ikpeba, Alloy Agu, Edema Fuludu and Taribo West.

Photo Credit: TheCable

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  1. [email protected]

    July 29, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Rest in peace great compatriot. You will be highly missed.

  2. Suwa

    July 29, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    May his soul rest in peace

  3. nene+

    July 30, 2016 at 2:13 am

    Rest in peace Stephen!
    We will miss you much.
    Your death was indeed painful!
    I pray God to console the children he left behind! Ada has a lot of job to do now and I pray God to strengthen her. She kind of look lost but I pray God to be with her and her siblings.

  4. John

    July 30, 2016 at 2:18 am

    See how important number 4 was to Keshi in his lifetime.

    He wore number 4 in his playing
    He gave birth to 4 children.
    He won Afcon as a player in 1994.
    He scored 64 career goals
    He went to World Cup with Nigeria as a coach in 2014.
    He died aged 54.

    Rip Big Boss.

  5. oyakhilome omoye stella

    July 30, 2016 at 8:14 am

    may gentle soul Rest in perfect peace IJN sir Keshi I as a Nigerian, u are an unbelievable loss well only God knows it all

  6. Ada

    July 30, 2016 at 8:36 am

    R.I.P Sir!

  7. Chi

    July 30, 2016 at 11:19 am

    R.I.P Keshi.

  8. Prince

    July 30, 2016 at 11:42 am


  9. Bennie

    August 2, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Rest in peace, Skippo

  10. Mo

    August 2, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Rest in peace, Nigerian hero. We’ll never forget you.

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