Some of the Super Eagles players who featured under Stephen Keshi have expressed shock and disbelief at the death of the Big Boss.
Keshi died in the early hours of Wednesday aged 54.
Odion Ighalo, who scored one of the goals in Keshi's last match as Super Eagles head coach, a 2-0 win over Chad in Kaduna in 2015, wrote on Twitter moments after Keshi's death was reported: "Big Boss?? no way." The tweet was punctuated with emoticons depicting a crying face.
"R.I.P big Boss,Thank u for everything."
Hapoel Be'er Sheva midfielder John Ogu, despite not being a regular under Keshi, was devastated by the news.
"Please tell me it's a lie that Keshi is gone!!!Please tell me it all false," Ogu tweeted, also adding crying face emoticons.
"Please I beg you in the name of God that it's all false that Keshi is Gone !!!. Big boss please!!!!! Don't do this boss !!"
Keshi is one of only two people to have ever won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach. He won Africa's too prize in 1994 as Nigeria captain and 2013 as head coach.