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Google celebrates Stephen Keshi

Google through its Google doodle celebrates what would have been the 56th birthday of a former coach of the Nigeria Super Eagles.

Stephen Keshi who was born  23 January 1962, in Azare was a football and football manager. He played for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and also became coach of the super eagles.

During his playing career, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national football team, making him the nation’s second-most capped player at the time of his retirement. He represented the country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory in the latter. He also played club football in five countries, most notably Belgium, where he won the Belgian league championship with R.S.C. Anderlecht in 1991.

As a manager, Keshi achieved success by qualifying Togo for the only FIFA World Cup appearance in its history in 2006. However, he left the position prior to the tournament and was replaced by Otto Pfister. He later coached his native Nigeria, where he became one of only two people, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.

Stephen Keshi died on the 7 June 2016.

Happy posthumous birth Stephen Keshi

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