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Past Nigerian Football Stars: Stephen Keshi

July 11, 2018

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Past Nigerian Football Stars: Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi was a former Super Eagles defender and a coach of the Super Eagles. He is a native of Edo State and was born 23rd January 1962 in Azare, Bauchi State.

He was one of the only two people to win the African Cup of Nations both as a player and as a coach. (The other person is Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary).

As a footballer, Keshi won the West African Club Championship (1983, 1984), Coupe Houphoet Boigny (1985, 1986), Belgian Cup (1988, 1989) among others.

He was Nigeria’s coach between 2011 and 2015, winning the African cup of Nations in 2013 and qualifying Nigeria for the FIFA Confederation Cup and the World Cup.

He was also the first coach ever to take Togo t their first world cup tournament in Germany 2006. Keshi had a heart attack and died en route to hospital on 7 June 2016 in Benin City, aged 54.

Honours

As a Player

New Nigeria Bank FC

  • West African Club Championship (2): 1983, 1984

Stade d’Abidjan

  • Coupe Houphoet Boigny (2): 1985, 1986

Africa Sports

  • Côte d’Ivoire Premier Division (1): 1986
  • Côte d’Ivoire Coupe (1): 1986

Anderlecht

Nigeria

As a Manager

Nigeria

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