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Nigeria Premier League to honour Keshi as NFF mourns

08 June 2016, 11:30Israel Ojoko

Lagos - All nine matches of the week 21 fixtures of the Nigeria Premier League will observe one –minute silence before kick –off in honour of the late ex-Super Eagles coach and captain who dies on Wednesday morning.

The MatchDay 21 games will be played on Wednesday and Thursday.

News24 reports that Keshi died aged 54 in Benin City of cardiac arrest, according to family source, after five months of his wife’s demise.

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed deep shock at the sudden passing of Keshi.

Also read: Nigeria reacts to the death of Stephen Keshi

Family sources said Keshi had complained of irregular heartbeats and pain in his legs and was being rushed to a nearby hospital in Benin City, capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria, when he gave up the ghost.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick was too shocked for words: “This is devastating. We have lost a superhero.”

Pinnick confirmed he had been in contact with the family and would lead a delegation of some NFF Board and Congress members to Benin City on Thursday.

“The NFF Board will meet and decide on the best way to honour Stephen Keshi. We will be fully involved in the arrangements for the final burial rites.” A press statement said.

The NFF said it has already informed the Confederation of African Football and the world body, FIFA about the passing of the legend.

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- News24


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