Stephen Keshi’s Death: 9 Amazing Facts About The Late Coach


As the sport world mourns the death of former Nigerian player and coach, Stephen Keshi, who died in the early hours of today from a cardiac arrest. Tributes continue to pour in for the late football icon across the globe.

Check Out some amazing facts you probably never knew about Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.

– Stephen Keshi was born on the 23rd of January 1962 in Azare, Bauchi State.

– Keshi played a major part of his club careers with Belgian clubs like – Anderlecht, Jupiler League, RWDM etc

Keshi Returned to the United States to begin his education in coaching.

– Stephen Keshi was appointed the Head coach of Junior Eagles in 2001 African Youth Championship which served as the qualification for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Stephen Keshi won the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and coach. Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary is the only other player with this record.

– In 2013, Keshi set a new record by being the first African coach to successfully qualify two African nations (Nigeria and Togo) to the world cup finals.

– Also in 2013, Keshi helped Nigeria win the Nations Cup trophy and secured world cup qualifications in the same year.

– Keshi was married to his wife Kate for 33years before she died of cancer on the 10 December, 2015.The union produced four children.

– Stephen Keshi started his football career at the age of 20. Had 64 caps for the Nigerian team and ended his national team career in 1995.

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