It has been confirmed that the former Coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi died of cardiac arrest.
According to a statement released by Emmanuel Ado, brother and aide to the late Keshi:
“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem ), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th December 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.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Edo State Football Association (EFA), Frank Ilaboya, confirmed on Wednesday that his remains had been deposited in a mortuary in Benin. The privately-owned mortuary, Faith Mediplex is located on the Benin Airport road in the Edo State capital.
Ilaboya, quotes Keshi’s faimily member, Ricky Aburimen, as saying that the Eagle’s former coach only complained of a leg ailment before he passed away.
He said that Keshi had died on the way to the hospital at about 3 am. The ex- international lost his wife , Nkem Kate Keshi only last December. They had been married for 33 years. She died after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Keshi is survived by four children and his mother.
As a player, Keshi was part of the Super Eagles team that won the Nations Cup in 1994 and narrowly missed out on a World Cup quarter-final place the same year.
He coached the national side over three spells, leading Nigeria to the 2013 Nations Cup title in South Africa and the last 16 at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
His contract was not renewed after the World Cup but he later returned on a match-by-match deal following the team’s failure to reach the 2015 Nations Cup finals.
He was then sacked as caretaker coach but reinstated after intervention from then Nigeria president Goodluck Jonathan. He was sacked for a final time last July.