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Stephen Keshi Emmanuel Adebayor leads Togo national team at tribute match

keshi led Togo to qualify for their first ever FIFA Wold Cup in 2006 although he was sacked before the main tournament.

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Emmanuel Adebayor play Emmanuel Adebayor playing in a tribute match for Stephen Keshi (Instagram/Emmanuel Adebayor )

Emmanuel Adebayor along with his Togolese national teammates on Sunday, June 19 played in a tribute natch organised in honour of late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi.

Keshi who died on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Benin City, Edo State was appointed head coach of Togo three times between 2004 and 2011.

Stephen Keshi play Keshi led Togo to qualify for their first ever FIFA World Cup in Germany (BBC)

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He led them to qualify for their first ever FIFA Wold Cup in 2006 although he was sacked before the main tournament.

In the match organised by Togo's sports writers union, Association des Journalistes Sportifs du Togo (AJST) in conjunction with the sports ministry, the current Togo national side faced 'Team Keshi', made up of players who were part of his 2006 squad.

Emmanuel Adebayor play The match was between the current Togo national side and 'Team Keshi', made up of players who were part of his 2006 Togo squad. (BBC Sport)

 

More than 20,000 fans were in attendance at the Ominsports stadium in Lome to watch the game, which finished 6-2 to the current Togo national side.

After the game, the most popular Togolese footballer, Adebayor took to his Instagram to pay tribute to Keshi.

Stephen Keshi Dead play Stephen Keshi won the African Cup of Nations for Nigeria once as a captain and another as coach (Getty Images)

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It was a very emotional today at the Stade Municipal de Lomé,” he wrote.

Together with some professional players we played a game in honour of an incredible man, Stephen Keshi. He was a leader "on" and "off" the pitch. He paved the way for young African players to showcase their talents to the world. RIP "Big Boss"!

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