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Late Keshi's children arrive in Nigeria for burial

15 June 2016, 18:25Israel Ojoko, News24

Lagos - Children of the late former Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi have started arriving Nigeria for the burial of their father.

Keshi died of a reported cardiac arrest in the early hours of Wednesday June 8, 2016, a day he was due to travel out of the country, news24 reports.

Stephen Keshi Jnr, 27, who arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday night, was also at the NFF Secretariat on Wednesday morning and met with the General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi. He was in company with US –based chemist and friend of late Keshi, Victor Ugoh and former Super Eagles star Victor Obinna Nsofor.

Keshi’s daughter, Ifeyinwa and husband, who are based in North Carolina, USA also flew into Nigeria on Tuesday, and information about the burial of the 2013 AFCON winner will now be made public in the coming days.

Keshi Jnr, an events producer in Atlanta, expressed appreciation to the Federal Government, the National Assembly, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Nigeria Football Federation, the governments of Edo and Delta States, ex –internationals and countless corporate bodies and individuals for all the kind words showered on his father since he passed on.

Also read: Oliseh, FIFA mourn Keshi’s demise

“I cannot thank everyone enough. We have only heard good and great words about our father since his death. I am going to Benin City now. The family will sit down and come up with a date for the funeral, but we also appreciate that he was a national figure and will harmonize our plans with that of the Government and the NFF.

“Our father was a loving family man and we will miss him greatly. Our joy is that he left a worthy legacy for Nigeria football and for his family.”

Meanwhile, the Gambia Football Federation, in a letter signed by its president Lamine Kaba Bajo, wrote on the death of Amodu: “This sad incident which came a few days after the passing away of another Nigerian and African football icon and legend, Stephen Keshi has no doubt increased the sorrow and sadness not only in the NFF and Nigeria but African football family as a whole.”

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- News24 Nigeria


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