Tributes pour in after sudden death of Nigeria's 2014 World Cup manager
Published 08/06/2016 | 07:58
Ex-Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi passed away suddenly last night at the age of 54.
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.
Former Nigeria Captain and Coach, Stephen Keshi, is dead. Reports say the legend died in the early hours of Wednesday, RIP Big Boss.— The NFF (@thenff) June 8, 2016
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.