Nigerian government extols late Keshi

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says the sudden death of the former Super Eagles Coach, Mr Stephen Keshi saddens the nation.

In a statement, Professor Osinbajo said that Keshi’s service, dedication and achievements, including lifting the African Nations Cup both as player and Coach remained a great testament of the value of hard work.

“His personal triumphs and pursuits as a world class professional footballer inspired many young talented sportsmen and women around Africa to strive for excellence. His great work with our youths and senior national teams unified our country and brought joy to many compatriots,” the statement reads.

Professor Osinbajo said the feat of the former Super Eagles handler within and outside the country were rich legacies, which would continue to live in the hearts of Nigerians.

On behalf of the people and government of Nigeria, the acting President commiserated with the family of the late Keshi on the tragic loss.

“Our thoughts are with his children at this time of sadness especially so soon after the loss of their mother. We send our deepest condolences to them and also to the countless friends he made in a lifetime of service,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo prayed God to grant the family and nation the fortitude to bear the loss.