Football personalities have taken to social media to pay tribute to former
Keshi who won the African Cup of Nations twice-as a player and a coach died from cardiac arrest in his family house in Edo State.
According to a statement by the family spokesperson Emmanuel Ado, Keshi has been in the country since the funeral of his wife, Kate who died in December 2015.
"With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi,” Mr. Ado wrote.
“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," concluded the statement.
Since the news of his death broke, sports journalists, former teammates, players, colleagues and football stars across Africa have paid tribute on social media.
Pulse Sports gathers tribute from these football personalities from Twitter and Instagram.
Super Eagles defender, William Troost-Ekong wrote on Instagram; "Very sad waking up to the news of the big boss Stephen Keshi. A man who did so much for the Super Eagles as captain and coach, and who believed in me one year ago. May your soul R.I.P. My condolences."
Godfrey Oboabona, Super Eagles defender said; "I can't believe you are gone. My encourage-able coach. Rest in peace big big bossssssss ."
Super Eagles captain under Keshi, Vincent Enyeama said on Instagram; "The sting of death and victory of the grave.RIP big boss.A legend,a captain,a leader,hero,one that brought so much smiles to the face of people. can't believe this is true.REST IN PEACE."
"Waking up to this is a shock i'm yet to get out of. My heart bleeds, i have no words right now . Rest in peace boss . You're a true hero," Super Falcons forward Desire Oparanozie wrote.
Ogenyi Onazi who won AFCON under Keshi wrote; "The man who believed in me and told me you will become great and make difference in any where I play. Rest in peace BIG BOSS. May God grant you good rest sir."
Emmanuel Emenike, a member of Keshi's 2013 AFCON winning team also wrote;"True Legend the only man that believed in me, the only man that made me in super Eagles,the only man that has never stopped believing in me, the only man that surprised me on the day I needed him most in my dad's burial, the only man that has never stopped advising me when he calls me , you will for ever stay in my heart the big boss RIP."
John Ogu, Super Eagles midfielder who played under Keshi wrote; Please tell me it all false that my big boss is dead..Please boss don't do this to me..Please wake up boss."
Nigerian players Anthony Ujah, Moses Simon, Aaron Samuel, Odion Ighalo all posted the photo of the Super Eagles great on Insatgram.
Check out other tributes on Twitter.