The family of the deceased Stephen Keshi has released a statement confirming the shocking death of their son.
Former Nigeria captain and coach Keshi, who won the Africa Cup of Nations as captain 1994 and as head coach 19 years later, died on Wednesday morning aged 54.
The statement signed by family representative Emmanuel Ado titled “Stephen Keshi CON has gone to be with his wife” reads: “With thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi.
“Our son, brother, father, father-in-law,brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years (Nkem), Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passed on on the 9th December 2015.
“Since her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.
“We thank God for his life.
“We want to ask for understanding in this very difficult time for the family.”
Keshi and Kate are survived by four children.