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Remembering Stephen Keshi (1962-2016): these are things worth knowing about the Football Hero

The Legend of African football has passed on and it is worth keeping alive the feats that made him exceptional in his football career, as a captain and a coach.

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  • Stephen Keshi played in the domestic scene for the defunct club sides ACB and Nigeria National Bank before moving to Cote d’voire and then to Europe as Nigeria’s first true professional.
  • Keshi was captain when Super Eagles won their second African title in 1994 before leading them as coach to the 2013 title after 19 years.
  • Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi made his first appearance for Super Eagles in 1981 at the age of 20.
  • The central defender retired in 1994 after picking 64 caps and nine goals as he captained Nigeria to win the 1994 African Cup of Nations as well as their first World Cup in the USA.
  • He won the African Cup of Nations as “both a player and manager..one of only two men to do so.”
  • Keshi was dubbed “Big Boss” by players and fans alike.
  • He earned the first of 64 Nigerian caps in 1981.
  • As a coach, he was the first African to lead a team to the last 16 of a World Cup at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
  • Keshi was the only Nigerian coach to have won the African Cup of Nations and second African to win the trophy both as a player and a coach.
  • He first played with St. Finbarr’s College, Lagos.
  • He was disengaged by Nigerian Football Federation three times
  • The Big Boss is from Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State.
  • He died same day he was meant to travel out to base.
  • He was Football Legend and a Hero.Super-Eagles-Coach-Stephen-Keshi-360x225 6stephen-keshi 3Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi carried by playersKESHI 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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