National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club Rev. Samuel Ikpea, has stated that it will be difficult to forget easily the memories of the former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.
Stephen Keshi died of heart attack on June 7, 2016. Three years after guiding the Super Eagles of Nigeria to win her third AFCON title in South Africa.
Ikpea who eulogized the late Keshi while speaking exclusively with Sports Intelligence Magazine on Saturday from his base in Lagos said:
“Keshi’s memory is still fresh in our minds; it is difficult to forget him”. “Even when most Nigerians were doubtful about the team in 2013, Keshi made Nigeria conquer Africa”.
“I was in South Africa then for the AFCON 2013 tournament as the Secretary-General of the Supporters Club” Ikpea said. “Our spirits were a bit down ahead of our clash with Ivory Coast in the quarterfinal”.
“But when Nigeria beat the Ivoirians 2-1 to reach the semifinal, our music tempo changed”. “It became livelier and it was obvious we were going to win the AFCON title” the NFSC boss said.
“He eventually did it, winning the AFCON trophy and passed on to eternal glory three years later” Ikpea concluded.
Stephen Keshi became the first indigenous coach to win AFCON title in 2013. His victory with the Super Eagles team in South Africa also marked Nigeria’s end of a 19-year wait for the continental showpiece.