Stephen Okechukwu Keshi is a retired Nigerian football player. He was born in 1962 and played for African and European, mostly Belgian, footballÂ clubs.
He was a key player of the Nigerian national team and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, played in five African Cup of Nations championships and was a part of the team, when they won the 1994 African Cup ofÂ Nations.
Having finished professional playing career Stephen Keshi got special coaching education in the USA.
From 2004 till 2006 he headed the Togo national team and led them to their first ever FIFA World Cup championship inÂ 2006.
Keshi guided the Mali national team for two seasons and then he was appointed the head coach of the Nigeria national team. In 2013 Stephen guided the Eagles to the African Cup of Nations title. At 2014 World Cup in Brazil Nigeria made it to the round of 16, but lost toÂ France.Â Hours after that defeat, Stephen Keshi resigned from the nationalÂ team.
VIDEO: Interview With Super Eagles boss Stephen Keshi He talks about his selection headache ahead of cutting his World Cup squad down to the final 23.
FULL NAME:Â Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
was born on 23 january 1962 in Azare, Bauchi stste, Nigeria.
Height Â Â Â 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Â Â Â Defender
Â Â Â Nigeria
Years Â Â Â Team Â Â Â Appsâ€ Â Â Â (Gls)â€
1979 Â Â Â ACB Lagos Â Â Â 10 Â Â Â (1)
1980â€“1984 Â Â Â New Nigeria Bank Â Â Â 42 Â Â Â (4)
1985 Â Â Â Stade dâ€™Abidjan Â Â Â 13 Â Â Â (2)
1986 Â Â Â Africa Sports Â Â Â 22 Â Â Â (2)
1986â€“1987 Â Â Â Lokeren Â Â Â 28 Â Â Â (6)
1987â€“1991 Â Â Â Anderlecht Â Â Â 99 Â Â Â (18)
1991â€“1993 Â Â Â RC Strasbourg Â Â Â 62 Â Â Â (9)
1993â€“1994 Â Â Â Molenbeek Â Â Â 40 Â Â Â (1)
1995 Â Â Â CCV Hydra Â Â Â 20 Â Â Â (1)
1996 Â Â Â Sacramento Scorpions Â Â Â 16 Â Â Â (3)
1997â€“1998 Â Â Â Perlis FA Â Â Â 34 Â Â Â (4)
1981â€“1995 Â Â Â Nigeria Â Â Â 64 Â Â Â (9)
2004â€“2006 Â Â Â Togo
2007â€“2008 Â Â Â Togo
2008â€“2010 Â Â Â Mali
2011 Â Â Â Togo
2011â€“ Â Â Â Nigeria
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
â€ Appearances (Goals).
Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (born 23 January 1962) is a Nigerian
football manager and former football defender who has managed the
Nigeria national team since 2011. He is one of only two people,
along with Egyptâ€™s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have
won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.
After a playing career mostly with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching.
In 1996 he was joined by Augustine Eguavoen, who once coached the Nigerian national team. They played together in California as the backbone of the defense for the short-lived Sacramento Scorpions. Keshi has been a part of the coaching staff for the Nigerian national team, most notably as head coach for the Junior Eagles at the 2001 African Youth Championship which also served as qualification for the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, without success.
Between 2004 and 2006 Keshi coached the Togo national football team, unexpectedly bringing them to their first World Cup tournament, Germany 2006. Having secured Togoâ€™s unlikely qualification, he was promptly replaced by German coach Otto Pfister prior to the World Cup finals, after Togo showed a dismal performance and failed to advance to the knock-out stage in 2006 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
However, Pfister did not last beyond a controversial World Cup campaign that nearly resulted in a playerâ€™s strike over pay and Togo remained without a manager until February 2007 when they re-engaged Keshi in time for a friendly against Cameroon.
He worked as manager of the Mali national football team, after being appointed in April 2008 on a two-year deal. Keshi was sacked in January 2010, after Maliâ€™s early exit in the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Keshi became coach of the Nigerian National Team in 2011.He led Nigeria to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which they went on to win, defeating Burkina Faso 1â€“0 in the final. The following day Keshi handed in his resignation, only to reverse his decision the day after.
How Stephen Keshi Died:
Emmanuel Ado, a family spokesperson, confirmed KeshiÂ suffered a cardiacÂ arrest in the early hours of Wednesday.
â€œWith thanksgiving to God, the Ogbuenyi Fredrick Keshi family of Illah in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State, announces the death of Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Chinedu Keshi,â€Â Ado said in a statement to Premium Times.
â€œOur son, brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law, has gone to be with his wife of 35 years, Mrs. Kate Keshi, who passedÂ on the 9th of December 2015.
â€œSince her death, Keshi has been in mourning. He came back to Nigeria to be with her. He had planned to fly back today Wednesday, before he suffered a cardiac arrest. He has found rest.â€
Keshi made 64 international appearances as a player, and was a part of the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team.He spent a large part of his career in Belgium, featuring for clubs including Anderlecht and Lokeren. He also managed Togo and Mali before becoming coach of his home nation in 2011, guiding them to success in the Cup of Nations just two years later.