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Stephen Keshi Sports personalities call for the immortalisation of ex Eagles coach

Keshi has coached the Super Eagles three times, leading them to the African Cup of Nations title in 2013.

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Stephen Keshi.

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Many top football personalities have expressed their sorrow over the demise of ex Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, who died on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

Tunde Disu, a former Green Eagles coach, has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria, to immortalise Keshi, who is considered a football legend.

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Ex Super Eagles coach died of a heart attack.

(FIFA)

 

Disu said, “He is a legend by all standards. It is so sad to lose Keshi at this moment; someone like him is expected to stay with us longer than this.

“His achievement in football development is commendable. He should be immortalised because he has achieved a lot.

“We worked together in 1983 and 1984 and he was very dutiful and respectful. He was both a dedicated footballer and a coach,’’

Keshi broke history in Nigeria by becoming the only person to win the African Cup of Nations as a football player and a coach.

He died six months after the passing of his wife, Kate, who lost her battle against cancer.

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Keshi led Nigeria to success in the African Cup of Nations tournament held in 2013.

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The Director-General of the Nigeria National Sports Commission, Amos Adamu, also mourned the death of Keshi.

According to him, the ex-coach will be missed due to his achievements and wealth of experience.

Losing him has been a great blow to sports in Nigeria.

Adamu said, “It is a sad development; I am really in shock with this news, he was our hero that gave so much to his country and it is really devastating to lose him at this stage.

“As a player, he gave his best to the nation and won many laurels as captain and even made us proud when he won the Africa Nations Cup as a coach in 2013.

“He started very young and was one of those few players that broke into the foreign clubs and paved the way for the others.

“We are really going to miss him because he still had so much to give to the nation with his wealth of experience,’’

Keshi has coached the Super Eagles three times, leading them to the African Cup of Nations title in 2013.

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