STEVE KESHI’s LEGACY ASSURED...AS Global accolades (from fifa) trails “THE BIG BOSS” even in death




In his chart buster book, HOW SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE THINK, by respected wordsmith, John Maxwell (rated #1 New York Times bestselling author) quoted in his book a very interesting lesson by French essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne who submitted thus “The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; for a man may live long yet live very little”
To live a long live of no value is most pathetic, and must be afforded; on the other hand, some men will live a short life but a deep look at it will prove to be historical, and one of total value /impact made
A case study is the late Nigerian soccer hero, big boss Steve Okechukwu KESHI, a man who came, saw and conquered. His name is now written in gold and now recorded in world hall of fame, and just recently as a mark of end of year honor to which honors are due; Keshi was listed as a global figure
This is what FIFA had to say about the former ANDERLECHT/STRASBOURG super defender in a tribute article titled “THE FACES WHO LEFT US IN 2016”...This writer was moved to a world of deep emotion on the glowing tribute paid Keshi and decided to share it, enjoy it BIG TIME!


“Very few football observers foresaw Nigeria’s victory at the CAF African Cup of Nations, but Stephen Keshi had other ideas, steering his side to the final, where they saw off Burkina Faso 1-0 IN Johannesburg.
“A few months later, he led the Super Eagles to the 2014 World Cup after successfully negotiating a tricky two-legged play offs with Ethiopia ;at the tournament proper, they reached the knock out stages.
“During his tenure, Nigeria also participated in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. But the astute Nigerian was not just a talented coach; during his playing days he also lifted the Cup of Nations and took part in five qualifying matches for USA 1994, which resulted in his country qualifying for a world cup for the very first time
“At the tournament itself, he was restricted to one appearance- where he proudly wore the captain’s armband- due to injury. Keshi died on 7th June 2016 IN Nigeria at age 54

“Keshi was a legend, the key man who led the modern day exodus of Nigerians to Europe when he left Nigerians shores via Ivory Coast to Belgium, a move that opened the doors for not just Nigerians but other Africans who credit the former captain as the man who inspired them to be better footballers
Keshi captained Nigeria to the 1994 African Cup of Nations AS THE SUPER Eagles won the title for the second time. The next time Nigeria were in the final of the AFCON,  Keshi was also involved; this time as the coach

He led a band of unknown players whom no one gave a chance, to lift the trophy and put his name firmly on the list of Nigeria’s great becoming the only Nigerian to win the trophy as player and as coach
Keshi also qualified Togo to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany but run-ins with the Togolese Federation meant he was dropped before the party began in Germany
But like a man whose destiny cannot be denied, Keshi finally achieved his dream, this time with his beloved, Nigeria.
He qualified and led Nigeria to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil helping the team to the second round (the first by a Nigerian in the process, inking his name in Nigeria‘s football folklore
Keshi’s memory will never be forgotten, he gave us reasons to smile, reasons to laugh and reasons to believe in Nigeria. He earned 60 caps for Nigeria as player
-SUPER CLASSIC PIECE, COURTESY, FIFA) Thank you)

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