According to a report via EWN.co.za, one of football’s best-known stars, Stephen Keshi, has died at the age of 54. The news, which was confirmed by the Nigerian Football Federation, was revealed on 8 June, 2016.
According to the report, Nigerian Football Federation’s General-Secretary, Mohammed Senusi, revealed that Keshi had been rushed to hospital after he had complained about being in pain.
“He complained that his legs were giving him problems and he requested that he should be taken to hospital. A few minutes after, when he got to the hospital, he died.”
As revealed by EWN, Keshi’s family had confirmed that he had died from a heart attack shortly after arriving at an unknown hospital in Benin City, Nigeria.
The report further revealed that Keshi was also believed to be on the verge of joining South Africa’s Orlando Pirates next season.
Keshi, according to the dailystar.co.uk, holds 64 Nigeria caps as a central defender between 1981 and 1995, Keshi had three stints in charge of Togo before taking over as Nigeria coach in 2011. He also coached Mali between 2008 and 2010. He led Nigeria to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title, defeating Burkina Faso in the final in South Africa before guiding them to the second round of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Social media has mourned the loss of African football’s best-known stars, Stephen Keshi.
This seems unbelievable. R.I.P Stephen Keshi.
— German. (@ola_Mcdaniels) June 8, 2016
Stephen Keshi???? ????????
— sunny bridge (@sunnywinehousse) June 8, 2016
R. I. P Stephen Keshi ?
— βΔIŁ€¥. (@Otunba_Bailey) June 8, 2016
A Tribute to the Big Boss, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi: I will always remember the 1994 Nations Cup with fondness… https://t.co/voML76DsUT
— Arsenal FC of Italia (@OfficialAFC_ITA) June 8, 2016
RIP Stephen Keshi
— Tari (@Princess_tarry) June 8, 2016
You made Nigeria proud. Its sad to hear that you are no more. Rest in peace Stephen Keshi, the Big Boss.
— Alice A (@Alicespringz01) June 8, 2016
Rest in peace, Stephen Keshi ?
— Flawlessly flawed (@okonjithelma) June 8, 2016
— PBukky (@bukylaw) June 8, 2016