Funeral rites of Super Eagles legend

The funeral of late Super Eagles great, Stephen Keshi has begun in Benin City with a church service.

 

The service which kicked off at about 11: am has family and friends of the former Super Eagles defender in attandance.

After the church service, a novelty match organised by Austin Eguavoen held at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin which was followed by his body lying in state for fans to pay their last respect.

Friday, July 29

Keshi’s funeral continued in his home state of Delta with a lying in state at the Stephen Keshi Stadium at Nnebisi Road.

From Asaba, the body left for Illah, his hometown where it was received by the Obi of Illah, HRH Obi Gbemudu along with his high chiefs.

A requiem mass was also held in Keshi's honour at the St’ John, the Evangelist Catholic Church before his interment.

The former Super Eagles coach who won the African Cup of Nations as a player and manager was at his family house in Benin when he died.

The former defender, Pulse Sports learnt was scheduled to return to his base in the United States later in the day.

According to a statement by the family spokesperson Emmanuel Ado, Keshi has been in the country since the funeral of his wife, Nkem Kate Keshi who died in December 2015.

His death comes six months after his wife of 33 years, Kate, died in December, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

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