Stephen Keshi Junior, one of the sons of the late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support and condolences the family received over the loss of their patriarch.
Keshi Junior who resides in Atlanta Georgia wrote, “We’re still mourning our father, we’re still shocked and confused. Words can’t describe our feelings right now, but we want to remain joyful, remain happy, because he was a joyful and happy person. For us what helps is our parents are together now; they were together on earth for 33 years. It soothes us that they are together in heaven,” said he said.
“He was our loving father, widow, grandfather, brother, friend, pioneer, mentor and hero. Our Father was a joyful person, he hated sadness with a passion, in fact it was like Kryptonite to him. We are grateful for all the love, support and condolence from everyone on the loss of such an iconic African.”
“We appreciate all the phone calls, texts, messages and posts on social media. It is not easy to lose both parents within a 6-month period. It is important to know that you have been there for us before and will be there for us going forward. ”
“Stephen Keshi was a just man, who believed and championed the cause of every teammate when he played the game and every player when he was a coach. He served his nation and people with pride and joy. He always had a smile on his face whenever he did it.”
“His illustrious football career took him outside of Nigeria to Ivory Coast first, before he made the trip to Europe; a trip footballer’s make today and he was one of the first to embark on such journey.Our father was a man of the people; he welcomed everyone with open arms as a player and even more as a manager when he was with Togo, Mali and most recently the Super Eagles of Nigeria. ”
“As we mourn the loss of a great man, we want everyone to join us in celebrating his remarkable life and even though it was taken away from us quicker than expected, we hope his life serves as a great example, his experience and how he fought for what was right is seen by younger generations as something to aspire to.”
“We will keep you updated on where and when the wake keeping in California and Georgia will be as well as information about the burial in Nigeria. Let us celebrate and honor Stephen Keshi, celebrate his example to serve his country, honor his accomplishments as a player, father and coach, remember the smile and energetic laughter he had that brightened every room he walked into.”