Stephen Keshi, the former Nigeria defender and coach, dies aged 54 from a suspected heart attack.
Stephen Keshi, the former Nigeria defender and coach, died aged 54 on Wednesday morning from a suspected heart attack.
Keshi, who was succeeded by another Nigerian football legend, Sunday Oliseh, as national team coach following his sacking in July 2015, made 64 appearances for the Super Eagles as a defender, scoring nine goals.
A statement from a family spokesperson, Emmanuel Ado, read: “With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi.
“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years, Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on December 9, 2015.
“Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.”
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) also announced the news on its official Twitter account on Wednesday morning.