Sunday Dare Celebrates Keshi At 60 Posthumously

Dare, in a statement, urged the Super Eagles to beat Tunisia in their AFCON round of 16 match on Sunday as a mark of respect for Stephen Keshi.

Keshi is one of only two people to have won the Africa Cup of Nations both as a player and as a head coach, having done so in 1994 and 2013. Egypt’s Mohammed El Gohary was the other.

Big Boss, as the late Keshi was affectionately known, also won silver and bronze at the Africa Cup of Nations in 1984 and 1988, respectively.

“Keshi was one of the greatest icons of the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and coach in Nigeria.

“He would have been 60 on Sunday if he was still around with us. We can celebrate him posthumously with another good performance and a sweet victory in our round of 16 game against Tunisia in Garoua, Cameroon on Sunday,” Dare said.

The present Eagles coach, Augustine Eguavoen, was team mates with Keshi in 1988, 1992 and was his assistant captain in 1994 while the goalkeeper coach, Alloy Agu, was in the 1990, 1992 and 1994 teams.

Captain of the current Eagles Ahmed Musa and defender Kenneth Omeruo were in the 2013 squad that won the tournament in South Africa while Joseph Yobo who was the captain of that team is an assistant coach in the present set up.

Keshi was born in Azare, Bauchi State in 1962 and passed on in Benin City, Edo State in June 2016.

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