The Edo State Football Association has described the death of former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, as devastating to the entire football community in Nigeria.
According to the elder brother of his late wife, Ricky Aburimen, Keshi died at about 12am on Wednesday after complaining of pains in the leg.
The former Eagles captain was later rushed to the Faith Mediplex hospital on Airport road, Benin, where he was confirmed dead on arrival by a medical doctor.
“It was so devastating. At about 2am today (Wednesday), I got a call from a US based coach, Dr. Terry Eguaoje, that I should confirm what was happening to Keshi.
“At that time, I didn’t know what was happening; I was shocked. So, I quickly established contact with the in-law, Richard Aburimen , who told me that it was true and I was shocked.
“He said that he (Keshi) was having a leg pain, they needed to do the massage. At a point, he said that the eyes were turning and by the time they took him to the hospital, he was dead before he got to the hospital.
“To the best of my knowledge, I never knew that he was sick; that was why I said that it was so shocking. I know that he used to have this leg pain, maybe because of playing days. But that is all I know.
“Keshi is someone that we all love, we all know as the ‘Big Boss’. He is one player and coach that is respected and will be missed.
“He was very unique. As a captain, he was very exceptional. As a coach, he was the only one that has won the Nations Cup as a player and as a coach. It is a big vacuum in Nigeria, Delta and Edo States.
“It is a vacuum in the football community. We thought that he was going to do more and more for Nigeria. But today, we cannot question God. What do we do? We pray that his soul rests in perfect peace.”
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