Jennifer’s arrival to signal beginning of Keshi’s passage rites

Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi

The late Stephen Keshi’s eldest daughter, Jennifer, was expected to arrive in Nigeria yesterday from the United States to kick start the passage rites of the Super Eagles’ former captain.

Keshi, who is regarded as Nigeria’s most successful coach, died in Benin on Wednesday last week at the age of 54.

Family sources said Keshi’s daughter would meet with her father’s relations, who have been looking after the late coach’s affairs since his demise.

The Guardian also gathered that a foreign Pathologist will join Commissioner of Police, Wilson Akhiwu, in performing the autopsy on the late Stephen Keshi to ascertain the cause of his sudden death.

The report also indicates that the Nigeria will bear the expenses for the pathologists.

Meanwhile, head coach of the Nigeria U-23 team, Samson Siasia, was a sober figure at the NFF secretariat yesterday as he signed the condolence registers for Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu.

“This is heartbreaking for me. I can’t say much now,” Siasia said in a statement sent by the NFF.

Siasia played with Keshi in the Super Eagles for several years. Both men were in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations-winning squad as well as the 1994 World Cup team.

Siasia was in the Eagles’ squad coached by young Amodu for the ‘Wembley Friendly’ in November 1994, and was also supervised by Amodu for the two matches against Egypt in March this year following Sunday Oliseh’s exit.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth and Sports, Senator Obinna Ogba, was also at the Glass House to commiserate with the NFF on the deaths of coaches Keshi and Amodu.

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  • yannis

    May their souls rest in peace

  • Ebaah Odibo

    Is this not ‘spiritual attack’ on Nigeria’s football? Can’t all our pastors, GOs, born-agains and Imams join in prayer to stave off further deaths of Nigerian Coaches? Or are we going to be comforted by the ‘fact’ that God needs them to coach young football angels in Heaven? Too much, too soon. Condolences to the families.

    • Iskacountryman

      high blood pressure runs in that line of work…