It was tears and lamentation affair, as the remains of the late Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi was laid handed over to mother earth in his home town Illah community in Oshimili North Local Government area of Delta state the NAN reports.
The body of the former Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi was interred in his family home amid tears and lamentation at about 2:30 pm while colleagues, friends, family members and well wishers were all present.
The burial rites began with a funeral Mass which took place at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Illah, where the parish priest, The Rev. Fr. Dennis Arinze reminded all present that death was an inevitable journey as far as life is concerned.
The priest further noted that death was not the end for those who believed and lived in Christ. He described Keshi’s death as painful, as the late ex-captain had not recovered from the sudden death of his beloved wife who passed on last December.
The Deputy Governor of Delta, Mr Kingsley Otuaro who was also present at the funeral urged Keshi’s family to take solace in the fact that the ex-footballer lived a life full of accomplishments to the nation.
He disclosed that plans were on ground by the Delta Government to immortalise Keshi as a mark of honour for his selfless service and contributions to the development of football in Nigeria.
According to the Deputy Governor: “The Government of Delta is already working out modalities to immortalise our dear “skippo” because he brought so much excellence into football and we are very proud of him.
Former Super Eagles Captain, Augustine Eguavoen, noted with pain the untimely passage of his former teammate whom, he described as a born leader.
He said, “He has indeed worked tirelessly to develop football in Nigeria.
Eguavoen further said, “It is difficult to accept that Keshi is no longer with us. He will continue to be one of us and will remain our boss.“Today, he is lying down dead, it could have been any of us.”
The burial was attended by a number of ex-internationals, majority of who were Keshi’s former teammates and who played between 1990 and 1994.
Among them were Peter Rufai, Mutiu Adepoju, Henry Nwosu, Friday Ekpo, Uche Okechukwu, Victor Ikpeba, Alloy Agu, Edema Fuludu and Taribo West.