By AGENE AKHERE in Benin
The Technical Director of the Super Eagles, Shuaibu Amodu, former Super Eagles Coach, Austin Eguavoen, were among dignitaries who on Friday paid tribute to late Kate, wife of ex-Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi who died last December.
The requiem mass was held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Benin-City before she was laid to rest at Keshi’s house in Ugbor.
According to former officials of the NFF, former Eagles and Falcons coaches, who sympathized with Keshi, said the death of Mrs. Kate is a big loss to Nigerian Football and to the Keshi family.
“It is a big loss to the Keshi family,” former Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Secretary-general, Barr. Musa Amodu, said.
He said: “We want to pray to Almighty God that He accepts her soul in eternal rest. and we do sympathize with him for what has happened. That’s why we are all here to honour him and show our solidarity in his time of loss”.
On his part, Austin Eguavoen said: “She is a wonderful person, she is very close to my family, to buttress that my wife was her chief bridesmaid when she had her white wedding in Belgium and then to tell you how close we are, she is a god mother to my first daughter. She is a lovely somebody and we are going to miss her”.
Godwin Ezine, former Falcons coach said, “this period is for sober reflection. You can imagine staying together for many years and a separation now has come. I sympathize with Keshi and I pray that God Almighty give him the strength and courage with his family to stand the test of time.
On his part, the husband of the deceased and former coach of the Super Eagles said, “She was a unique wife. A wife that every man would love to have.
“I am honoured that they took out of their busy time to come out and give their last respect to my wife. Most of them have been with my wife, they know her and probably that’s why there are here. I thank them and every other person, the press, and all Nigerians who were in prayers with my family. I am grateful” he stated.