On Tuesday 23 January 2018, Google honoured former Nigerian Super Eagles captain and coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi by placing a doodle of the footballing icon on the Nigerian home page of the web browser.
Doodles are changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists and on what would have been his 56th birthday it is Kesi’s chance to be celebrated.
Keshi enjoyed a successful career as he won the African Cup of Nations for Nigeria as a player in 1994 and became the only Nigerian to have won the same tournament as a coach, with victory in South Africa in 2013. In the same year, he qualified the Super Eagles for the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, thereby becoming the first African coach to qualify two African countries for the World Cup finals, cementing his position as an African football legend.
Keshi passed away in June 2016, in what was an unexpected loss which shook the West Africa nation.