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Sport legend, Keshi’s burial rites begins today

The final journey of late Nigeria football legend Stephen Okechukwu Keshi will begin today in Benin City, Edo State.

The Nigeria Football Federation On Wednesday confirmed that the final rites would now be restricted to Edo and Delta States.

The NFF President, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick will lead the NFF delegation to the final rites and will include, Chairman of the Edo State Football Association Mr. Frank Ilaboya, Chairman of NPFL side Warri Wolves FC Mr. Neville Bekederemo, and Chairman of Delta State League Management Company Mr. Edema Fuludu.

Keshi, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as player and as coach, died from cardiac arrest in Benin City on Wednesday, 8th June at the age of 54.

Keshi captained the Senior National Team for 11 years, winning the Africa Cup of Nations gold, silver and bronze.

As coach of the Super Eagles, Keshi lifted the Cup of Nations again after Nigeria won Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final at Soccercity in Johannesburg In 2013.

As head strategist of the Super Eagles, Keshi led the team to the Round 16 during the FIFA World Cup, led the team to the FIFA Confederations Cup and got qualified Nigeria for the African Nations Championship for the first time ever, winning bronze at the competition.

Family sources also confirmed that the remains of the sport legend will be laid to rest tomorrow at his hometown, Illah, Oshimili North LGA of Delta State.






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