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Stephen Keshi Buhari pays tribute to late Super Eagles great

Buhari has joined millions of Nigerians and the football world in mourning the coach who died at the age of 54.

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Stephen Keshi

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President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerian football will not be the same without late Super Eagles great Stephen Keshi.

Keshi died from cardiac arrest on Wednesday, June 8 at his family house in Edo State.

The former Super Eagles defender had 64 caps for Nigeria, scored nine goals and led the country to African Cup of Nations title twice-as a player in 1994 and a coach in 2013.

Jay Jay Okocha, kanu Nwankwo and Stephen Keshi play

Jay Jay Okocha, kanu Nwankwo and Stephen Keshi

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Buhari has joined millions of Nigerians and the football world in mourning the coach who died at the age of 54.

Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen. #RIPKeshi,” Buhari said in a statement released on the official Twitter handle of the president.

 

President Buhari commiserates with the family of the late Stephen Keshi, and with the entire country, on his untimely passing #RIPKeshi.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari play Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari speaks at a joint news conference with his French counterpart Francois Hollande at the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria, May 14, 2016 (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

 

Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi. He gave this country his all. May his soul rest in peace.”

 

Keshi played in five African Cup of Nations and led Nigeria as captain to their debut FIFA World Cup in United States 1994.

Tributes continue to flow in for the legend who was also coach of Togo and Mali national teams.

 

Kanu Nwankwo said: “Our captain,our coach,our leader,our hero,our legend I don't know what to say but thanks for all.R.I.P THE BIG BOSS.”

 

Stephen Keshi. A legend of African football has gone,” four time African Player of the Year, Yaya Toure tweeted.

 

A condolence register has been opened for Keshi at the office of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in Abuja.

Amaju Pinnick play NFF president Amaju Pinnick was the first to sign Keshi's condolence register. (Twitter/NFF)

 

NFF president Amaju Pinnick was the first to sign the register.

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