Google has honoured former Nigerian coach and participant, Stephen Keshi, with a doodle on its search engine web page for Nigerian loggers.
The honour got here on Keshi’s 56th birthday. Keshi died all of the sudden in Benin on 7 June, in 2016, to the shock of his compatriots.
He was born in Azare, Bauchi. But his dad and mom hailed from Delta state.
Keshi was educated at Saint Finbarr’s College in Akoka, Lagos and Saint Gregory’s College.
His spouse of 30 years, Kate Aburime had died six months earlier than his personal demise. They had 4 youngsters.
During his taking part in profession as a defender, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian nationwide soccer workforce, making him the nation’s second-most capped participant on the time of his retirement.
He represented the nation on the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory within the latter. He additionally performed membership soccer in 5 international locations, most notably Belgium, the place he received the Belgian league championship with R.S.C. Anderlecht in 1991.
As a supervisor, Keshi achieved success by qualifying Togo for the one FIFA World Cup look in its historical past in 2006.
However, he left the place previous to the match and was changed by Otto Pfister. He later coached Nigeria’s Super Eagles , the place he turned considered one of solely two individuals, together with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have received the Africa Cup of Nations as each a participant and a coach. This was in 2013, two years after he was appointed the coach.
The following day Keshi handed in his resignation, solely to reverse his resolution the day after. Keshi led Nigeria to the 2013 Confederations Cup, defeated Tahiti 6–1, and misplaced 1–2 to Uruguay within the second recreation, and likewise misplaced zero–three to World Cup winners, Spain of their ultimate group recreation.
On 16 November 2013, Keshi’s Nigeria secured qualification to the 2014 World Cup by beating Ethiopia four–1 on combination in a play-off.
Keshi set a report in African soccer by being the primary African coach to efficiently qualify two African nations (Nigeria and Togo) to the World Cup Finals.
*Bio knowledge from Wikipedia.