Stephen Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, popularly known as the Big Boss, was a football manager of the Nigerian national football team the Super Eagles up until October 16, 2014. The former football defender started managing the Nigeria national team in 2011.

Stephen Keshi was born on January 23, 1962, in Azare, Bauchi state, Nigeria. After a playing career mostly with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching.

He was a key player of the Nigerian national team and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, played in five African Cup of Nations championships and was a part of the team, when they won the 1994 African Cup of Nations.

In 1996, Keshi and Augustine Eguavoen, who once coached the Nigerian national team, played together in California as the backbone of the defence for the short-lived Sacramento Scorpions.

Between 2004 and 2006 Keshi coached the Togo national football team. In 2006, Keshi brought them to their first World Cup tournament.

After Keshi guided the Mali national team for two seasons (2008-2010), he was appointed the head coach of the Nigeria national team in 2011.

In 2013, Stephen guided the Eagles to the African Cup of Nations title. At 2014 World Cup in Brazil Nigeria made it to the round of 16, but lost to France.

He is one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.

After the match with France, Stephen Keshi announced his resignation as the Super Eagles coach. However, later the Nigerian Football Federation offered him to coach two more matches.

In October 2014, he claimed to have lost interest in continuing the job, following the breakdown of negotiations.

Keshi has passed away in Benin City, Edo state, in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8.

Family of the successful and talented footballer Stephen Keshi

Family of the successful and talented footballer Stephen Keshi

Family of the successful and talented footballer Stephen Keshi
3 facts that caused the death of Stephen Keshi in 2016

3 facts that caused the death of Stephen Keshi in 2016

Many football lovers are still battling to cope with the pains the death of former Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi brought to the entire football fraternity

3 facts that caused the death of Stephen Keshi in 2016
Revealed: Read what late Stephen Keshi had planned to do

Revealed: Read what late Stephen Keshi had planned to do

A former assistant to Stephen Keshi, Valere Hounandinou has given details of the life the former Super Eagles coach planned after coaching before his death.

Revealed: Read what late Stephen Keshi had planned to do
5 controversial sporting moments that shook Nigerians in 2016

5 controversial sporting moments that shook Nigerians in 2016

The year 2016 was a whirlwind one for Nigerian athletes which included the highs and lows a=of the Olympics and regular front page headline grabbers; NFF.

5 controversial sporting moments that shook Nigerians in 2016
Amokachi reveals how players and agents tried to bribe for Super Eagles selection

Amokachi reveals how players and agents tried to bribe for Super Eagles selection

Daniel Amokachi, assistant to former Eagles coaches Keshi, Amodu Shuaibu and Eguavoen reveals all three were approached by agents to feature their players.

Amokachi reveals how players and agents tried to bribe for Super Eagles selection
Touching! 4 late players who Nigerians pray to return

Touching! 4 late players who Nigerians pray to return

Nigeria is known as the giants of Africa in football, and there are some late players who have contributed to the development of football

Touching! 4 late players who Nigerians pray to return
Why late Stephen Keshi deserved the unofficial tag of African Mourinho

Why late Stephen Keshi deserved the unofficial tag of African Mourinho

Former Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh is called the African Guardiola, but Stephen Keshi deserves to be called the African Mourinho.

Why late Stephen Keshi deserved the unofficial tag of African Mourinho
Finally, FG reveals big plan for late Stephen Keshi's children

Finally, FG reveals big plan for late Stephen Keshi's children

Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung says the Federal Government has not forgotten about the late Eagles coach Stephen Keshi.

Finally, FG reveals big plan for late Stephen Keshi's children
Wayyo! A bayyana kudurorin Keshi kafin mutuwar sa 

Wayyo! A bayyana kudurorin Keshi kafin mutuwar sa 

Tsohon mataimakin mai horarwa Stephen Keshi Valere Hounandinou ya bayyana kudurorin da mamacin Keshi yake da su kafin mutuwar sa.

Wayyo! A bayyana kudurorin Keshi kafin mutuwar sa 
Kocin Super Eagles na Najeriya 5 da suka bar tarihi

Kocin Super Eagles na Najeriya 5 da suka bar tarihi

jerin Kocin Kasar wadanda suka yi namijin kokari, har suka kafa tuta, suka yi zarra cikin wadanda suka taba horar da Super Eagles

Kocin Super Eagles na Najeriya 5 da suka bar tarihi
Yan Najeriya sun yi kaca-kaca da Shugaban NFF

Yan Najeriya sun yi kaca-kaca da Shugaban NFF

Mutanen Najeriya sun yi kaca-kaca da Shugaban NFF, Amaju Pinnick saboda rashin hallartar jana’izar Marigayi Kocin Najeriya, Stephen Keshi.

Yan Najeriya sun yi kaca-kaca da Shugaban NFF
Karanta Abinda Eguavoen yace  

Karanta Abinda Eguavoen yace  

Augustin Eguavoen Yayi Tir Da Makamin Gwamnatin A Lokacin Jana'izar Keshi.Tsohon Dan Wasar Kungiyar Super Eagle Yace Bega Amfanin Zaman Kesh

Karanta Abinda Eguavoen yace  
Nigerians rip NFF president apart for missing late Keshi’s burial

Nigerians rip NFF president apart for missing late Keshi’s burial

Nigerians have continued to attack Amaju Pinnick for failing to be present as late Stephen Keshi was laid to rest in Illah, Delta state

Nigerians rip NFF president apart for missing late Keshi’s burial
What Eguavoen said about serving Nigeria after Keshi's burial will make you cry

What Eguavoen said about serving Nigeria after Keshi's burial will make you cry

After laying to rest one of the icons of Nigerian fooball Stephen Keshi, Augustine Eguavoen has expressed disappointment with the government

What Eguavoen said about serving Nigeria after Keshi's burial will make you cry
Updated: Stephen Keshi finally laid to rest (photos)

Updated: Stephen Keshi finally laid to rest (photos)

Former Super Eagles coach, late Stephen Keshi has finally been laid to rest in his hometown Illah, Delta state amid tears.

Updated: Stephen Keshi finally laid to rest (photos)
Ex-Super Eagles stars honour Keshi in grand style (photos)

Ex-Super Eagles stars honour Keshi in grand style (photos)

Former Super Eagles players paid their late last respect to late Stephen Keshi as they featured in a novelty match before his burial.

Ex-Super Eagles stars honour Keshi in grand style (photos)
Keshi's funeral leaves his family member in this state!

Keshi's funeral leaves his family member in this state!

Members of Stephen Keshi's family have expressed shock at the demise of the coach despite it being more than six weeks that he died.

Keshi's funeral leaves his family member in this state!
Keshi set to be buried amid tears (exclusive photos)

Keshi set to be buried amid tears (exclusive photos)

The corpse of the late Stephen Keshi has arrived his hometown Illah, Delta state amid tears on Friday, July 29.

Keshi set to be buried amid tears (exclusive photos)
Kwana sun kare: An kawo gawar Marigayi Stephen Keshi

Kwana sun kare: An kawo gawar Marigayi Stephen Keshi

Daruruwan mutane na cike da hawaye yayin da aka iso da gawar Marigayi kocin Najeriya Stephen Keshi Garin Asaba na Jihar Delta domin rufe sa.

Kwana sun kare: An kawo gawar Marigayi Stephen Keshi
Gwamna Okowa ya kai ziyarar karshe ga Marigayi Keshi

Gwamna Okowa ya kai ziyarar karshe ga Marigayi Keshi

An dai fara shirye-shiryen birne tsohon Kocin Super Eagles na Najeriya, Stephen Keshi a Jihar sa ta Delta. Za a rufe sa ne a Ranar Juma'a.

Gwamna Okowa ya kai ziyarar karshe ga Marigayi Keshi
Tears in Delta as Stephen Keshi's corpse arrives (photos)

Tears in Delta as Stephen Keshi's corpse arrives (photos)

The corpse of the Late Stephen Keshi arrived Asaba, the Delta state capital, amid tears on Thursday, July 28.

Tears in Delta as Stephen Keshi's corpse arrives (photos)
What governor said about late Stephen Keshi will make you cry

What governor said about late Stephen Keshi will make you cry

The burial activities of late Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi was held this morning at St Paul Catholic Church in Benin.

What governor said about late Stephen Keshi will make you cry
Touching: Stephen Keshi's funeral rites begin (photos)

Touching: Stephen Keshi's funeral rites begin (photos)

The funeral rites of the late Stephen Keshi started with a mass service which was held at the St. Paul Catholic Church in Benin, on Thursday July 28.

Touching: Stephen Keshi's funeral rites begin (photos)
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