Wednesday, June 8, 2016

STEPHEN KESHI: The Passing of a Great One

The death of Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, 54, earlier today is the passing of one of Nigeria's greatest players, perhaps Nigeria's greatest managerial achiever, a fighter for football labor, a supreme motivator, and a trailblazer. It is difficult to express in words the service that this man provided to Nigeria and Africa. Below are his stats as Player and Coach as well as links to the last words on this great man.

NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER STATS

PERIOD:  1981-1994
MOST WON NUMBER:  No. 4
APPEARANCES:  65
GOALS:   8
DEBUT:   July 18, 1981 v Upper Volta (Burkina Faso) in 19 minutes
LAST GAME: June 30, 1994 v Greece in 90 minutes
CAPTAINED:  29 times
CAUTIONED: 6
DISQUALIFIED: 1 ( v Togo July 24, 1983)
MINUTES:  Over 4924 minutes for Nigeria
HONORS:  Champion: Cup for African Nations 1994
                    Runner Up: Cup for African Nations 1984
                    Runner Up: Cup for African Nations 1988
                    Third Place: Cup for African Nations 1992


MANAGER STATS

PERIOD:  2011-2015
RECORD:  26 won, 20 ties, 11 losses (90-53 goals). Debuted 66 players.
DEBUT:   November 12, 2011 v Botswana (F)
LAST GAME: June 13, 2015 v Chad (CANQ)
HONORS: Champion: Cup for African Nations 2013
                   African Coach of the Year 2013
                   Third Place: CHAN 2014              
                   World Cup Round of 16 in 2014
                   World Cup Qualification for Togo in 2006**

**First African-born coach to take a team to Round of 16 World Cup.
**One of two to win Cup of African Nations as Coach and Player.
**First African coach to qualify two countries to the World Cup.


TRIBUTES

FIFA
CAF
NFF
Nigerian Premier League
Selected countries
Ghana FA

President Buhari of Nigeria
Former President Jonathan and others