The Pillar of Sports in Africa and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has commiserated with the Keshi family over the demise of ex-Super Eagles’ player and coach, Stephen Keshi.
According to the ex-governor, Keshi committed his sporting career to the development of soccer beyond the shores of Nigeria, adding that his demise is a major loss to Nigeria.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Kunle Oyewumi, Kalu said: “I remember vividly the superlative performance of Keshi in his early days as a defender in the national team, Super Eagles.
“Having served in different capacities in sports, he committed his life to the development of sports in Africa and beyond.
“His accomplishments in the football world are worth celebrating.
“Keshi left this world at a time his professional expertise is needed.
“However, we take solace in the fact that he made indelible contributions to Nigeria especially in the area of sports”.
Kalu urged the federal government to honour the late ex-Super Eagles’ coach by naming one of the national monuments after him.
While admonishing the deceased’s children to exhibit the selfless qualities of their late father in their daily pursuits, he prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the sad loss.
Kalu commiserated with the government and people of Delta State, the Nigerian Football Federation and sports lovers.
He prayed God to grant the late international footballer eternal rest.