Another celebrity death.
Former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi is dead.
The ex-footballer died in Benin at the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 54, Saharareporters reports according to Daily Post.
Emmanuel Ado a brother to the late coach said Keshi died of Cardiac arrest in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8.
“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,” Mr Ado said in a statement.
He continued “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 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.”
Also, confirming the development via its Twitter handle, the NFF said, “Former Nigeria Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead. Reports say the legend died in the early hours of Wednesday, RIP Big Boss.”
BIG BOSS, Stephen Keshi as he was known held the unique position as one of only two people, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.
He became coach of the Nigerian National Team in 2011. In 2013 Keshi led Super Eagles Nigeria to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which they won by defeating Burkina Faso 1–0 in the final.
He went on to lead Super Eagles Nigerian team to the 2013 Confederations Cup where they defeated Tahiti 6–1, lost 1–2 to Uruguay in the second game, and also lost 0–3 to World Cup winners Spain in their final group game.
On 16 November 2013, Keshi’s Super Eagles secured qualification for the 2014 World Cup by beating Ethiopia 4–1 on aggregate in a play-off.
On 18 November 2013, Stephen Keshi set a record in African football by being the first African coach to successfully qualify two African nations (Nigeria and Togo) to the World Cup Finals.
He also helped Nigeria become the first country to achieve an African Cup of Nations trophy and World Cup qualification, both in 2013.
On 25 June 2014, Keshi’s Super Eagles progressed to the knockout stage of 2014 World Cup. They started the tournament with a 0-0 draw against Iran, followed by a controversial 1-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.
They lost the final group stage match 2-3 against Argentina, but progressed to the knockout stage, courtesy of a 3-1 win by Bosnia and Herzegovina over Iran.
He represented Nigeria from 1982, at age 20, till 1994, most of the time captaining the Super Eagles and scoring vital goals from his position as a central defender.
Keshi, went to Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Lagos,