Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (left) held a banquet in honour of Stephen Keshi (right) and the Nigeria team after they won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

The family of Coach Stephen Keshi, former Nigerian football coach who died early hours of Wednesday June 8th in Benin, Edo state has issued a statement confirming his death.

The family also revealed that the 54 year old former Nigerian defender and captain had planned to travel out of Nigeria today back to his US base, before he had a sudden cardiac arrest and died.

The statement was issued by Emmanuel Ado, brother and aide to the late Keshi:

“With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi.”

“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem ), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th December 2015.

“Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.”

For now no details.

Emmanuel Ado
For the family.

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