GHANA Football Association has paid tributes to the late Nigerian coach and footballer, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.
GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi sent a message of condolence to the Nigeria Football Federation and its President, Amaju Pinnick.
He describes Keshi a great man and a noble spirit, whose shining example of dedication to football and to footballers was not only to dedicated Nigeria but to several countries including Ghana.
He says the flags at the GFA headquarters will be flying at half-mast as a token of the Ghana football fraternity’s deepest respect for Stephen Keshi.
We lost an icon – Amanze Uchegbulam former Vice President, NFF
“Big shock that Keshi is gone. Keshi was an icon of Nigerian football. Nobody can talk about Nigerian football without talking about Keshi. He died too early. It’s unfortunate we lost him. “Keshi played his part, both as player and coach; won trophies for this country.”
Keshi was a Pillar of Nigerian football —Paul Bassey, Chairman Akwa United
“We spoke last week and he never gave an indication of a man who had just one week to live. Keshi was a true Pillar of Nigerian football, a big loss indeed. Although he was no longer the coach of the national team, Nigeria will surely miss Keshi”.
It’s unfortunate – Kojo
Former chairman of the defunct Nigeria Football Association Kojo Williams has described the death of Stephen Keshi as unfortunate. “It’s unfortunate. It’s a sad day for Nigerian football. I can’t comprehend. Too bad. Keshi did his best for Nigerian football. It’s sad the country is losing him now. Too bad.
This world is absolutely nothing – Barrister Obienu
One time member of the Nigeria Football Association, Nwabufor Obienu was so crestfallen when he heard of the sudden demise of Nigeria’s iconic football personality Stephen Keshi that he exclaimed, “this world is nothing”. He said it was hard to believe that Keshi was dead. “I cried when I first heard the news.
He shouldn’t have died now. This world is absolutely nothing. It is vanity.”
Keshi called me last week – Okpala
Former Super Eagles assistant coach under Keshi, Sylvanus Okpala has revealed his last moment with his former boss, saying, “what shocked me most was that we spoke last week when he called me to ask after my family and how we were doing.
“We discussed very well and he sounded very happy. He said he was happy now that he was living a quiet life as he entered the country without much noise. He joked about his new life. “I still can’t get over the shock,” Okpala said.