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Keshi’s Death, Big Blow To African Football, Says Anambra Governor, Willie Obiano

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The Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Willie Obiano, on Wednesday described the sudden death of former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi, as a big blow to African football.

In a statement signed by James Eze, his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Governor Obiano said Keshi’s death is a massive tragedy that would take Nigerian football a long period to recover from.

“Keshi was an icon of African football. He was a path breaker who opened the door of international football to many African youths when he led the exodus of Africa’s footballing talents to Europe through Belgium. That bold act inspired generations of African players into taking football as a serious career,” Mr. Obiano said.

“It will be difficult to find another all-Nigerian-coach like Stephen Keshi who was so proudly Nigerian and carried himself stately like a soldier on and off the pitch in his service to his fatherland. We shall all miss Stephen Keshi,” he added.

The governor said “our prayers and thoughts are with the Keshi Family and the good people of Delta State in this moment of pain and anguish as the ‘Big Boss’ as he was fondly called, is now in a better place.”

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