*Preparation for burial begins
The family of Stephen Keshi, former coach of the Super Eagles, who passed on recently, has proposed July 28 for his burial.
The elder brother and spokesperson for the family, Sylvester Keshi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Illah, Delta State, that the family had commenced preparations for the burial.
“For now, we are proposing July 28 for the burial, although we are still awaiting the constitution of the burial committee being planned by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
“Presently, we are planning ahead for Stephen’s burial. We are still meeting, consulting and making preparations to give our son a befitting burial.
“I came in yesterday (Monday) from Lagos, and we are making preparations to carry out renovation work on his family house here in Illah, so as to give it a befitting look,” Keshi said.
He said the NFF and the Sports Ministry are planning a burial committee, which would be constituted soonest in collaboration with the Keshi family to kick start burial activities proper.
Keshi stated that a representative of the family, Mr. Emma Ado, held several meetings with the NFF and that a letter had been sent to the Sport Ministry on burial plans for the former national team coach.
“Our person, Mr. Emma Ado, who has been Stephen Keshi’s agent, has been liaising with the football house and letters have been dispatched in respect of the burial.
“Just yesterday, they had a meeting in Abuja and I learnt that the Sports Minister has given a directive for the constitution of the burial committee.
“So, I want to believe that in the coming days, we will have a burial committee to work with because it is not just a family burial, the government is involved too,” he said.
He said the Delta and Edo governments have indicated interest to be part of the burial, adding that the full details of the burial programme would be made public as soon as the committee was constituted.
He said: “For now, the family has not received any contribution from anybody or organisation for the burial. People are just indicating interest to be part of the burial. We are still consulting,” he said.
Keshi disclosed that contrary to speculations, the late footballer would be buried in his hometown, Illah.
He said Keshi, who buried his late wife last December in Benin-City had confided in his family that he should be buried in his ancestral family home in Ukpologwu quarters in Illah community, Oshimili North local government area of Delta.
“Before his death, Stephen had told his children and close family members that he should be buried in Illah when he dies. He is a son of the soil, so his wish stands,” he said.
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