NIGERIA FOOT: Five years ago,  Stephen Keshi left us

NIGERIA FOOT: Five years ago, Stephen Keshi left us

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by N Melo
June 4, 2022 0

NIGERIA FOOT: Five years ago, Stephen Keshi left us

Six years ago to the day, the legendary Stephen Keshi left us prematurely at the age of 54. On June 7, 2016, the “Mother Continent” lost one of its most beloved children, but the footballing exploits of the “Big Boss” will forever remain etched in the great book of Nigerian and African soccer legends.

The death of Stephen Keshi at the age of 54, on June 7, 2016, following a heart attack, has caused great emotion in the soccer world. The former coach of the “Super Eagles” of Nigeria, the Hawks of Togo and the Eagles of Mali undeniably left an indelible mark on our beloved sport.

This week, the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the African Confederation (CAF) have naturally wanted to salute the memory of the Nigerian legend by recalling the multiple achievements of the “Big Boss”.

Stephen Keshi, the “jewel” of the Nigerian soccer family and of the golden generation of Nigeria 1994, is one of the few players in African soccer to have lifted the African Cup of Nations as a player and then as a coach.

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Keshi also achieved the memorable feat of leading the “Togo Hawks” to the first World Cup in their history in 2006 in Germany.

Below is Stephen Keshi’s impressive list of achievements:
As a player :

At club level :

Côte d’Ivoire champion in 1986 with Africa Sports

Belgian Champion in 1991 with Anderlecht

Winner of the Ivory Coast Cup in 1986 with Africa Sports

Winner of the Belgian Cup in 1988 and 1989 with Anderlecht

Winner of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Super Cup in 1985 with Stade d’Abidjan

Finalist of the European Cup Winners Cup in 1990 with Anderlecht

In selection:

64 selections and 9 goals between 1981 and 1994

Winner of the African Cup of Nations in 1994

Participation in the World Cup in 1994 (1/8 finalist)

As a coach :

Winner of the African Cup of Nations in 2013 – Nigeria (2011-2015)

Participation in the World Cup in 2014 (1/8 finalist) – Nigeria (2011-2015)

Participation in the African Cup of Nations in 2006 (First Round) – Togo (2004-2008)

Participation in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2010 (First Round) – Mali (2008-2010)

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