The IFFHS mourns the sudden death of one of Africa’s football legends, Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi (54 years old), who passed away on the 8th of June 2016
Keshi was a central back who started his career in the late 1970s and played till late 1990s with various clubs in Nigeria including ACB Lagos and New Nigeria Bank, in Africa including Stade d’Abidjan and Africa Sports and in Europe including Anderlecht and Strasbourg.
He played for Nigeria National Team from 1981 to 1995, participated in 64 matches and scored 9 goals. He appeared in 1994 World Cup and played 1 match against Greece, and in African Nations Cup 1982, 1984 , 1988, 1992 and 1994, playing 16 matches and scoring 4 goals. He won the title in 1994 as a player and captain of the team and again in 2013 as a coach, a unique record in African football only shared by Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary.
African Nations Cup Record:
1982 3 matches, 2 goals
1984 5 matches, 1 goal, runner up, Team of the Tournament Nigeria Captain
1988 2 matches, runner up
1992 4 matches, 1 goal
1994 2 matches
CAF Coach of the Year 2005 (with Togo) and 2013 (with Nigeria)
CAF Legend Award 2009
9th Nigerian best player of all time