Weeks after the death of former Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi sent lovers of African football mourning, the coach and former Super Eagles’ star has been laid to rest.
The ceremony had various sports persons including the president of the Nigerian Football Federation(NFF), Mr Amaju Pinnick, former footballers like Peter Rufai, Uche Okechukwu, Austin Equavoen, Mutiu Adepoju, Victor Ikpeba, among others.
The late Stephen Keshi’s burial was held in Benin, Edo state, Nigeria on Thursday. He was buried at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium where former Super Eagles’ stars played a novelty match in honour of the late coach.
Prior to the burial of Keshi, a requiem mass was held at St Paul’s Catholic church in Benin.
The governor of Benin State, Adams Oshiomole was represented at the event by Mr Philip Shuaibu, a member of the Edo state House of Representatives.
The ceremony was one laden with tears and sobs as the late coach was laid to rest. Many gave eulogies of the late Stephen Keshi, with some of the sports stars advocating for the Nigerian government to set their differences aside and work to return glory to the Nigerian football team, at least, in honour of the late Stephen Keshi.
Former footballer and sports pundit, Victor Ikpeba was one of those. He said:
Keshi had done a lot for the progress and the level the game is in Nigeria today. He made a great impact in Nigeria football and promoted the sport to its highest level in the country.
The void left by Keshi will be difficult to fill and I appeal to those managing football in Nigeria to set aside personal interest for the game to grow.
Stephen Keshi will surely be missed by Nigerians and lovers of African football.