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The burial arrangements for late Super Eagles Chief Coach, Stephen Keshi, have been made public.

A member of the burial committee, who is also the Delta State Commissioner for Information Mr. Patrick Ukah, revealed that the ceremonies will hold between Thursday, July 28, and Sunday, July 31, 2016.

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It was with great shock and deep pain that I received the sad news of the unfortunate death of Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, a former Coach of the Super Eagles, while in his home in the early hours of today, and before arriving at the Faith Mediplex hospital, Benin City, Edo State, where he was taken to for emergency care.

Indeed one has been so devastated and unable to hold back tears since learning of the untimely death of our indisputable football icon, the inimitable Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.

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As one with whom I had privileged and great friendship from my tender age, I feel extremely sad, especially as Coach Stephen Keshi lost his wife only a couple of months ago. He was undoubtedly a true Patriot, committed, diligent, selfless and altruistic Nigerian, iconic Coach and a well-respected global citizen who made tremendous sacrifices to his country, Nigeria, and the global community at large.

Despite the challenging circumstances he sometimes found himself, he, at all times, exemplified the "I can do" Nigerian spirit, one that made him achieve astounding results in his chosen career.

I offer my sincere and deep condolences to his immediate family, particularly the children he left behind, his extended family, the Aburimes (including my dear friend and in-law to late Coach Stephen Keshi, Patriot Richard Aburime). I also commiserate with the Federal Government of Nigeria, as well as the governments and people of Edo and Delta States, the Nigerian Football Federation, and indeed all Nigerians, over Coach Stephen Keshi's shocking and untimely demise. As we mourn, I fervently pray God in his abundant grace, to comfort and strengthen the children and family of late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, and to grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss of an icon.

While we cannot question God for his decision to call our dear brother, late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, to his spiritual realm at this time when he was still eager to give much more to his country and global community, I call on his family and all Nigerians to be consoled by the fact that late Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi lived a good and Godly life with everlasting legacies of humility, diligence, excellence, and exemplary service to his fatherland and world at large.

I urge that Coach Stephen Keshi's death should not be allowed to be in vain. I therefore appeal that all efforts be made to immortalize this unique and selfless Nigerian and global citizen, distinguished family man, indefatigable bulwark of the defence line, unrivalled Coach of our Super Eagles, proud recipient of many iconic honours and awards, including the distinguished Oba Erediauwa CFR merit award, amongst others too numerous to mention.

We shall surely miss the "Great Boss". But I pray to God who loves him more, to grant the great soul of our brother, Coach Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, eternal repose in his bosom.

Sleep on brother until we all meet to part no more.

Adieu the great Boss! Adieu Skeepo!!  Adieu our inimitable Coach and bulwark of the defence line!!!

By Dr Osahon Enabulele,

Vice President, Commonwealth Medical Association

Email: lion_killer123@yahoo.com

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It gladdens my heart to play host to our dear athletes and officials who have consistently done the nation proud at various international competitions.

2. Nigerian athletes, despite prevailing challenges, have always proven to the rest of the world that the Nigerian spirit is indomitable.

3. On behalf of all Nigerians, I wish to specially express my appreciation and indeed that of the nation to our athletes and officials for the consistency, determination, willpower and penchant for success being witnessed in the sports sector in recent times. I urge the managers of this sector to keep up the momentum.

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President Muhammadu Buhari extends hearty congratulations to Nigeria's team at the just concluded Special Olympics in Los Angeles, United States.

President Buhari commends the team for their diligence, dedication and wonderful performance at the games in which they won a total of 71 medals, including 34 gold medals.

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The victorious atheletes 

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The President applauds the special athletes' inspiring victories in Los Angeles which, he believes, epitomize the true Nigerian spirit and his personal conviction that whatever challenges we face as a nation, we can overcome them dedication, hard work and perseverance,  and rise to the highest possible levels of accomplishment.

President Buhari assures the athletes that the Federal Government and  all Nigerians are very proud of their exhilarating and dominant performance at the Special Olympics in which they won medals in  all featured  events.


The President looks forward to receiving members of the team at the Presidential Villa to celebrate their brilliant victories in Los Angeles.

Garba Shehu

SSA to the President

(Media & Publicity)

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Former Nigeria and Rayo Vallecano goalkeeper Wilfred Agbonavbare has died of cancer at the age of just 48 years old.

Wilfred played at Rayo from 1990 to 1996 and was also a member of the Nigeria squad which won the 1994 African Cup of Nations and reached the second round while playing their first World Cup that year in the USA. More recently he had worked as a goalkeeper coach, in business and as a porter at Madrid's Barajas airport.
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