By Johnny Edward:
Tributes have continued to pour across the world for former Nigerian coach and captain Stephen Keshi who died in the wee hours of Wednesday, Completesportsnigeria.com report.
The former Togo and Mali gaffer who passed on after sufferring a cardiac arrest according to Keshi's family spokesman Emmanuel Ado.
His former teammate, Sunday Oliseh was shocked when Completesportsnigeria.com broke the sad news to him.
"This is so sad another brother is gone.
Oliseh further took to his twitter handle to express his unhappiness about the untimely loss.
"Horrible news & Sad day as Our legendary Captain & brother Stephen Keshi dies.May his blessed soul rest in peace.we lost an iconic Hero 2day."
AS Monaco defender Elderson Echiejile who was part of the 2013 African Nations Cup triumph in South Africa with Keshi as the Nigeria coach also eulogised the departed Big Boss.
"This is hurting! You taught us alot but now you are no more. RIP BigBoss, we will forever miss you! #Legend #EUE3," Echiejile wrote via his handle, @EldersonEch.
Sporting Anderlecht of Belgium where Keshi started his European career also tweeted via its handle, @Sporting_AND: "RIP Stephen Keshi. The former Anderlecht defender has died at the age of 54 after a cardiac arrest."
South Africa's Minster for Sports, Mbalula Fikile also paid tribute to the Nigerian legend.
"Another Legend falls, condolences to the entire football fraternity – we've become poorer without #StephenKeshi.
Former South African defender, Mark Fish wrote @markfish74: "Very sad to hear about Stephen Keshi passing away, condolences to his family. An absolute gentleman off the field and a fantastic player..RIP."
Zambia's legend, Kalusha Bwayla, also wrote: "I can't believe it. I am in shock my brother. Keshi and myself started almost at same time in Belgium (1986) RIP."
Egyptian forwad Ahmed Mido also tweeted about the tragic death of Keshi via his handle @midoahm.
"What a sad news..Stephen keshi has passed away..#RIPKeshi."
Afrobeat King Femi Anikulapo-Kuti also expressed his shock at the demise of the fallen legend.
"Shocking sad news of the passing of Stephen Keshi RIP we pray for his family," Femi Kuti tweeted via his handle @Femiakuti.
Keshi, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, were the two men to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.