The football fraternity woke up to sad news that former Nigerian football coach and legend Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi has died in the early hours of Wednesday.
The 54 year old mentor was scheduled to return to the United States on Wednesday evening before he suffered cardiac arrest. Keshi was tipped to replace Eric Tinkler as Orlando Pirates coach in the upcoming season.
“Stephen Keshi CON has gone to be with his wife”
Meanwhile, the family has released a statement announcing his passing.
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 on the 9th 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.”