Nigerians are sad, we love Keshi and his death is one we never saw coming.
One fact we can’t take away from the ‘Big Boss’ is that, he not just a hero, but also a legend of Nigerian football.
So in celebrating the life of the ‘Big Boss’ we decided to bring to you our top five memorable moment of the career of Steven Keshi (as a player and as a coach).
Winning the African Cup of Nation as a Player in 1994
The Super Eagles then had an amazing team that features legends like Jay Jay Okocha, Uche Okechukwu , Emmanuel Amunike, Rashidi Yekeni and a whole others under the management of Bonfery Joe. But it was the ‘on the field’ leader of Steven Keshi as the teams captain that inspired the Eagles to wining the AFCON that year.
Leading Togo to their first and only world Cup
It was the tactical and football-managerial prowess of Steven Keshi that took a small footballing country Togo to their first and only World Cup.
Qualifying Nigeria for the 2014 World Cup.
A world Cup qualification is never an easy feat, but the ‘Big Boss’ added that to his amazing list of achievements to his dear country.
Amazing Quarter Final victory over Ivory Coast in AFCON 2013
Nigeria walked into that game as underdogs against an Ivory Coast side that paraded the likes of Didier Drogba, Yayah Toure, Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and a whole lot of popular names. The Super Eagles led by Keshi stood their ground against the Elephants of Ivory Coast and cruised to a 2-1.
Like the saying goes, to be the champ you have to beat the champ. We did that, and we became African Champions all thanks to Keshi.
When he won the 2013 AFCON
Stephen Keshi led the Super Eagles to win the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa. Nigerian appeared at the 29th edition of the tournament as minnows. The team began the competition on a rather poor note with 1 – 1 draws against Burkina Faso and Zambia respectively, in their opening two games at the tournament. Nigeria defeated Ethiopia 2 – 0 in their final group game to proceed to the quarter final stage against the star-studded Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire.
An Emmanuel Emenike freekick with a Sunday Mba strike gave the Keshi-led team a 2 – 1 victory over the Ivorians. Nigeria defeated Mali in the semis and overcame Burkina Faso in the final to win the tournament for a third time. This feat confirmed Keshi as the second person to win the AFCON tournament as a player and coach, having also won it in 1994 as a player.