The Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has promised that the former Eagles Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, who died in the early hours of Wednesday, would be immortalized.
“I will formally inform the government of the death of this great Nigerian, and I want to assure Nigerians that government will seek ways to immortalize him. I join millions of soccer followers across the world to mourn this illustrious son of Nigeria, Africa and the world.
The minister prayed for the repose of his soul and that the family, especially the children he left behind will find the strength to bear this devastating loss.
“Keshi during his life time was an embodiment of all that was good about Nigerian Football. Having played the game from the grass roots, where he featured prominently at the prestigious Lagos Principal’s Cup that launched his playing career into national limelight at a very tender age, he had a long career with the Super Eagles, that saw him record well over 64 appearances from 1981-1995.”
this was even as President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday that Nigerian football would no longer remain the same with the death of Stephen Keshi.
In a post on his official Twitter handle, @NGRPresident, President Buhari said that Keshi gave his country his all, saying: “May his soul rest in peace.”
Buhari said that that with Keshi’s death, Nigeria had lost a great sportsman, football player and coach as well as a citizen.
“Nigeria today lost a great sportsman, football player, coach and citizen.
“President Buhari commiserates with the family of the late Stephen Keshi, and with the entire country, on his untimely passing.
“Nigerian football will not be the same without Stephen Keshi. He gave this country his all. May his soul rest in peace.” [myad]