Only a few months (December 9, 2015) after the death of his wife, Kate, who passed after a three-year battle with cancer, the news of former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi’s death took everyone in Nigeria and around the world, irrespective of what they do, by surprise.
Keshi, who was only 54 years old, never showed any sign of illness and was said to have suddenly developed some breathing problems around 12 a.m., Nigerian time, of which he alerted his family members while he was at home before being rushed to the Faith Mediplex, located on Benin Airport Road in the Edo capital, where he was pronounced dead in the early hours, on Wednesday local time.
Chairman of the Edo State Football Association (EFA), Frank Ilaboya, confirmed on Wednesday that the corpse of the former Super Eagle’s coach had been deposited in a mortuary in Benin.
Ilaboya, quotes Keshi’s faimily member, Ricky Aburimen, as saying the Eagle’s former coach as having only complained of a leg ailment while holidaying at his Airport Road home in Benin before he passed away.
He said that Keshi had died on the way to the hospital at about 3 a.m. Family sources confirmed that the Evergreen coach died of cardiac arrest.
The iconic defender if he was to be alive, was expected to have traveled to the United States of America today (Wednesday) but the story hasn’t been the same, except for the fact that I supposed, a higher power knows best.
Survived by four children and his mother, the “Big Boss” as he was fondly called during his football playing days on the senior national team due to his leadership qualities, will always be remembered for his achievements as a player and a coach.
In a statement released by his family and signed by his brother Emmanuel Ado, to announce his death, they revealed that Keshi has gone to meet his wife.
The statement signed by Emmanuel Ado was titled: “Stephen Keshi CON has gone to be with his wife”.
“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,” 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 the 9th of 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.“We thank God for his life.” “We want to ask for understanding in this very difficult time for the family.”