Keshi’s Final Burial Rites Start Thursday, Burial On Friday

The final burial rites of former Super Eagles captain and coach, Stephen Keshi, will begin in Benin City, Edo State on Thursday.

According to, the Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday confirmed that the final rites would now be confined to Edo and Delta States.

The NFF delegation to the final rites will be led by the President, Amaju Pinnick and will include Frank Ilaboya (Chairman of the Edo State Football Association).

Meanwhile, family sources have also confirmed that Keshi's remains will be interred at his hometown, Ilah, on Friday.

Keshi died in Benin City on Wednesday, 8th June at the age of 54.

He captained the Super Eagles for 11 years, winning the Africa Cup of Nations gold in Tunisia 1994.

In 2013, as Coach of the Super Eagles, Keshi lifted the Cup of Nations in South Africa after Nigeria
defeated Burkina Faso 1-0 in the final.

Keshi also took the Eagles to the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil 2014, and led the team to the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013.

And he qualified Nigeria for the 2014 African Nations Championship for the first time, winning bronze at the competition in South Africa.

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