Stephen Keshi, Nigerian football player, Died at 54


Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was born on January 31, 1961, and died on June 7, 2016.

He was a Nigerian football defender.

Stephen was also a football manager of the Nigeria national team.

Stephen Keshi was 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.

Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which they went on to win, defeating Burkina Faso 1–0 in the final.

The next day Keshi handed in his resignation, only to reverse his decision the day after.

Stephen Keshi led Nigeria to the 2013 Confederations Cup, defeated Tahiti 6–1, and lost 1–2 to Uruguay in the second game, and also lost 0–3 to World Cup winners, Spain in their final group game.

Kate (née Aburime), was his wife for 30 years.

Kate died on 10 December 2015, after battling cancer for three years.

The couple had four children.

Stephen died in Benin City, after suffering from a cardiac arrest.

Stephen Keshi passed away at 54 yrs old.