Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Google honours late Nigerian legend

Google in an attempt to honour Nigerian football legend Stephen Okechukwu Keshi has created a doodle on this day, Tuesday, January 23 to celebrate him. The former Nigerian skipper was born on January 23, 1962, and would have been 56 today. Doodles are changes made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, scientists, lives of famous artists, anniversaries, pioneer, great footballers. Keshi died on June 7, 2016, at the age of 54 just seven months after losing his beloved wife Kate to the terminal disease called cancer. He won the African Cup of Nations for Nigeria as a player in 1994 and was the only Nigerian to have won the same tournament as a coach - a feat he achieved in South Africa in 2013. In the same year, he qualified the Super Eagles for the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil, thereby becoming the first African coach to qualify two African countries for the World Cup finals. Before his success with the Super Eagles in AFCON, Keshi was in charge of Mali and Togo, with whom he enjoyed a measure of success. The Delta state born defender was the first coach to qualify lowly Togo to the 2006 World Cup in Germany but was unceremoniously sacked before the World Cup.

By Mercy Kukah 

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