Friday 30 September 2016

Tributes pour in after sudden death of Nigeria's 2014 World Cup manager

Published 08/06/2016 | 07:58

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Head coach Stephen Keshi of Nigeria gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
BRASILIA, BRAZIL - JUNE 30: Head coach Stephen Keshi of Nigeria gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Alex Grimm - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Ex-Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi passed away suddenly last night at the age of 54.

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The Nigerian Football Federation confirmed the news on its Twitter account earlier this morning, with reports saying that Keshi suffered a heart attack at this home.

The Nigerian managed the Super Eagles between 2011 and 2015, winning the African Cup of Nations with the team in 2013 and guiding them to the World Cup last 16 in 2014, where they lost 2-0 to France. He captained Nigeria as a player too, winning 64 caps between 1981 and 1995, scoring nine goals.

Keshi's contract was not renewed in 2015 and he left as manager.

"Keshi was a superhero. His death is a big loss to Nigeria as a nation, not only to Nigeria football," Nigerian Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick said in a statement.

Nigerian football fans have paid tribute to their former coach, with many expressing shock at the sudden nature of his passing.

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