Keshi Loses Wife To Cancer, NFF Mourns With Him

Former super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, CON, has lost his wife Mrs. Kate Keshi, née Abureme. gathered that she died in the United States of America, after battling with cancer for the past three years.

Emmanuel Ado, who made an announcement on behalf of the family, said Mrs Kate Keshi fought a good fight but finally succumbed on Wednesday.

“The family of Mr. Stephen Keshi announced the death of their dear wife, mother, daughter and sister, Mrs. Kate Keshi. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, four children, her mother, brother and sisters including numerous relatives. We ask for prayers for her”, Ado said in a Press release.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Football Federation has condoled with former Nigeria skipper Keshi, who lost his darling wife, Kate, on Wednesday night.

NFF President Amaju Pinnick spoke at length with Keshi over the phone on Thursday afternoon, as news of the tragic incident filtered into the public space.

Sources confirmed to on Thursday that Kate, 54, died on Wednesday night in far away United States of America, after a brief illness.

“This is devastating. To lose a spouse is the equivalent of a tragedy. I pray that Almighty God will give you and the children the fortitude to bear this huge loss,” Pinnick told Keshi over the phone.

The ‘Big Boss,’ who captained Nigeria for over 10 years, in the process winning the Africa Cup of Nations gold, silver and bronze, coached the squad to a third African title in South Africa early 2013.

He was in charge of the Super Eagles between November 2011 and June 2015, during which he also led the team to the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.

“Keshi is a Nigerian hero and we mourn deeply with him at this time. This has come like a big blow, but we pray that he receives divine strength to cope with the situation, and we also pray that the Almighty God will grant the departed eternal rest,” Pinnick added.

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