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Keshi Was Our Hero, Jinx Breaker, Says David Mark


Former President of the Senate, Senator David Mark, has described the sudden death of former Super Eagles Captain and Coach Stephen Keshi as a monumental loss to Nigeria and  indeed Africa.

Senator Mark said: “I received with shock and disbelieve the news of the death of  our indefatigable Coach Stephen Keshi  popularly called the ‘Boss ‘.  It’s devastating . It’s a sad story,” Mark lamented.

According to Mark, Keshi was one of the greatest and most successful footballers Nigeria has ever produced. Till date, no one has beaten his record. As a captain of the Super Eagles in 1994, he  won the Africa nations cup in Tunisia. As the Chief Coach of the Super Eagles in 2013, he  led Nigeria to win the Nations’ cup in South Africa.

“He was forthright and outspoken . He was steadfast .  He never compromised his position especially on professionalism no matter whose ox was gored.  Keshi  was to African football what Mohammed Ali was to Boxing. 

“Only a very few men in the World has such an intimidating credential. We cannot question the Will of the Almighty creator , but this  is one death too many. 

“Keshi’s death is akin to one death more than a hundred massacred in a pogrom. Keshi  was one of our greatest  footballers . He lived and worked for Nigeria. He certainly left a huge vacuum that  would  be difficult to fill.”

Senator  Mark  therefore asked Nigerians especially the football family to take solace in the fact  that Keshi left his positive footprint on the sands of time. 

To the immediate family, the former Senate President told  them to build on the  uncommon patriotism , unwavering commitment to the ideals of nationhood and resourcefulness which Keshi was known for.

He prayed that God grant the deceased eternal rest just as he payed that the Almighty gives the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.


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