The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick on Thursday paid a condolence visit on the family of the former Nigeria’s senior national team Chief Coach, late Stephen Keshi, in Benin.
Pinnick arrived at the family house, located at 5, Ohenhen Street, off Giwa Amu, GRA, Benin, in company of Edo State Football Association Chairman, Frank Ilaboya; Chief Tomobok Okowa, Chairman, Delta State Sports Commission; P.O. Oga, Chairman, Bayelsa State Football Association and other top football personalities.
The NFF boss said that Keshi was not an ordinary person, considering the out pour of love from around the world on his demise.
He noted that even though the country is saddened by the demise of Keshi, the messages the NFF has received from around the world has shown that he contributed to the development of the game of football, not only in Nigeria but across the globe. He added that for his contribution to the growth of football, he will be immortalize.
“Keshi was not an ordinary person. We will miss him a lot. He was a Big Boss because he always wanted to win. We are devastated, but proud of him and what he has achieved as a footballer.
“Keshi needs to be immortalised and we are liaising with the Ministry of Sports for him to be immortalised.
In his condolence message, Pinnick wrote, “True legend, an icon of no comparable class. The entire football family will surely miss you. God knows the best. Rest in the bosom of the lord.”
Also present at the Keshi family house was the President of the PAMODZI, Mike Itemuagbon. He expressed regret that Keshi was being shown much love now that he was not longer alive.
The PAMODZI boss appeal to the media, for the sake of Keshi, to make football grow in Nigeria.
“If Keshi had received so much out pour of love while alive, he would have performed more for the growth of the game in Nigeria,” he said.
In his response, spokesman of the family, Ricky Aburime, said the family appreciate the out pour of love for the last 48 hours, adding that the world will be communicated of the burial plans by the family, when decided.