Former Ghanian International and current deputy general secretary of Confederation of African Football Anthony Baffoe have paid heartfelt tribute to commemorate the death of former Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi.
Keshi passed away after suffering a heart attack on June 7, 2016 at the age of 54.
4Years ago the Big Boss Stephen Okechukwu Keshi left us -Great player-Leader-Great Coach -continue to rest well Stephen 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿✊🏿✊🏿✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/fLUf3v2cqb
— Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) June 7, 2020
Similarly CAF posted an emotional tribute to the late Keshi.
Today we remember Captain Fantastic, Stephen Keshi, who left our world on this sad day 4 years ago 🕯️
— CAF (@CAF_Online) June 7, 2020
Keshi was capped 64 times by Nigeria and scored nine goals.
He guided the Super Eagles to AFCON success in 2013 in South Africa.
A football legend
Keshi was born in Azar, Nigeria in 1962. He started his professional football career as a defender with ACB Lagos in 1979.
He became one of the first Nigerians to play abroad when he went to Cote d’Ivore’s Stade d’Abdijan in 1985.
He spent most of his career in Belgian clubs, particularly in Lokeren and Anderlecht.
In 1995 Keshi went to the United States to continue his career as a player and to be educated in coaching.
He made his first appearance for the Nigerian national football team in 1981 at the age of 20. He was part of Nigeria’s triumphing team at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations.
After picking up 64 caps and nine goals, he retired in 1994. Currently he holds the 10th spot in Nigeria’s most capped players list.
Between 2004 and 2006, Keshi coached the Togo national football team. He led the team to its unexpected first FIFA World Cup but was left out shortly before the tournament and was replaced by Otto Pfister.
In 2011, he was appointed as coach of the Super Eagles. He guided the team to a victory at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013.
After a series of disputes regarding unpaid wages and poor treatment, “Big Boss” temporarily left the Nigerian team in 2014.
He returned for a brief stint in 2015.
In 2016, he suffered a heart attack and died on his way to the hospital in Benin City, Nigeria.