Former Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi dies
The Nigerian Football Federation confirmed the news to EWN this morning.
JOHANNESBURG - The Nigerian Football Federation has confirmed to Eyewitness News that former coach Stephen Keshi died in the early hours of this morning.
He was believed to be on the verge of joining Orlando Pirates next season.
The federation's General-Secretary Mohammed Senusi has told Eyewitness News Keshi was rushed to hospital after he complained about being in pain.
"He complained that his legs are giving him problems and he requested that he should be taken to hospital. A few minutes after, when he got to the hospital, he died."
TheCable, Nigeria's independent online newspaper, earlier confirmed his death from a member of his family as well as one of his close associates.
Nigeria legend, Stephen Keshi, dies at 54— The NFF (@thenff) June 8, 2016
Shocked, shocked shocked beyond to hear of the passing away of Stephen Keshi. African legend #RIPBigBoss— Carol Tshabalala (@SimplyCarol8) June 8, 2016
BREAKING: At just the tender age of 54 fmr Nigerian superstar & Captain & Coach, Stephen Keshi has passed away. May the LEGEND #RIPKeshi— robertmarawa (@robertmarawa) June 8, 2016
He was 54 year's old, and is survived by four children and his mother.
The former international football player and coach had lost his wife of 33 years, Kate, last year after a prolonged battle with cancer.
Keshi, nicknamed the 'Big Boss' for his leadership skills, is the fifth member of the all-conquering 1994 team to pass away, following Uche Okafor, Thompson Oliha, Rashidi Yekini and Wilfred Agbonavbare.
He rose to national prominence when he debuted for the Super Eagles in 1981, at age 20.
The late central defender withdrew from the national team in 1994.
He had 64 caps and scored nine goals.
Woke up to the sad news of the passing of my brother Stephen Keshi. I can't believe it. I am in shock . Football legend. RIP— Kalusha Bwalya (@KalushaPBwalya) June 8, 2016
Horrible news & Sad day as Our legendary Captain & brother Stephen Keshi dies.May his blessed soul rest in peace.we lost an iconic Hero 2day— Sunday Oliseh (@SundayOOliseh) June 8, 2016