It is unfortunate that we have lost a football hero and legend that spent his life for Nigerian football and even our ambassador to other countries.
Former Super Eagles midfielder, Daniel Amokachi, has said his departed teammate, Stephen Keshi, made an indelible mark in his career and would be proud of himself wherever he was.
Amokachi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Thursday that though the death was painful, there was no need for people to cry blood as he fulfilled his mission.
Amokachi, fondly called "The Bull’’, described Keshi as a legend, member of the larger family, father and brother to all in the football world’’.
He said that Keshi had not just gone to rest but to continue to play football if it existed in the world beyond.
"The world has lost a legend; we that are his family have lost a father, brother and friend.
"But most of all, we are not going to mourn Keshi but rejoice that the 54 years he spent on earth was enough for him to achieve what the good Lord sent him for.
"We should live our lives as the Holy Bible asked us to and leave the rest to God; Keshi has fulfilled his mission on earth and has gone to a good place.
"And if there is a football field in heaven, Keshi will be on it now smiling down on us,’’ he said.
Also speaking, a seasoned football administrator, Olisa Aniuno, described the moment as one of sober reflection not just for the football community but the nation in general.
Anuino, who hailed Keshi’s rise to stardom as a school boy player, said he was an "exemplary player and worthy ambassador’’ to the world who carried himself with dignity and candour.
He said it was time the country started celebrating their citizens who did well in their field while they were still alive and make them part of the nation’s history for posterity.
"It is unfortunate that we have lost a football hero and legend that spent his life for Nigerian football and even our ambassador to other countries.
"Keshi was Nigeria’s gift to the world, a worthy ambassador who set good examples, very dignified and action-driven; it is sad that good people die young.
"His death is a lesson for us all because after death which awaits everybody, only legacy lives on, so let’s celebrate our own just like other countries do,’’ he said.
Aniuno condoled with the Keshi family and people of IIlah in Delta, saying that their son was a great gift to the world.