President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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.


“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.

“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.

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