Nigerian hero Stephen Keshi passes away
Stephen Keshi, who won the African Nations Cup as a player and manager with Nigeria, has died at the age of 54, the Nigeria Football Federation has announced.
Keshi skippered the Super Eagles to Nations Cup glory in 1994 and was in charge of the side that won the competition three years ago.
The NFF said on Twitter: “Nigeria legend, Stephen Keshi, dies at 54. Reports say the legend died in the early hours of Wednesday, RIP Big Boss.”
They also posted the following tweet:
#Ghana FA send msg of condolence to our #Nigeria brothers @thenff over Stephen #Keshi death. https://t.co/4n9poEUprW pic.twitter.com/hA2MIunVY2
— Ghana FA (@ghanafaofficial) June 8, 2016
Keshi earned the first of his 64 caps for Nigeria in 1981 and was an integral part of a backline that won the Nations Cup in 1994 and reached the last-16 of that year’s World Cup.
His playing career also included a spell with Belgian club Anderlecht before he turned his hand to management, with three spells in charge of Togo and a two-year tenure with Mali.
He took the reins at Nigeria in 2011 and became only the second man to win the Nations Cup as a player and manager when the Super Eagles defeated Burkina Faso in the final two years later.
Their run in the 2014 World Cup ended in the second round after a 2-0 defeat to France and he departed his post last year.