The demise of Stephen Okechukwu Keshi

By Ikenga Chronicles June 10, 2016

The demise of Stephen Okechukwu Keshi

— Philip Odoemena

As we mourn the sudden departure of this great Nigerian football icon Mr. Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, let us remember that in life, anything can happen at any time, at any age, at any place, and to anybody. Now that the former captain and coach has left us, as sad as it is for all of us, let us endeavor not to look at the dark side of this occurrence, but to dwell more upon what he had accomplished for himself and for Nigeria.

Mr. Keshi was a blessing to Nigeria. In his football career, he won the African Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach. In fact, he was the second person in African football history to win the competition as a player and as a coach. Mahmoud El-Gohary of Egypt was the first person to attain such remarkable feat. As a player, Mr. Keshi earned the first of 64 Nigerian caps in 1981. As a coach, he was the first African to lead a football team to the last 16 of a world cup competition in Brazil in 2014.

As we mourn his demise and pray for his soul to rest in perfect peace with the Lord, let those of us still living remember that it is only by the grace of God that we are living. We are not better off or worse off than the departed. That we are not living by our strength or might, but by the will of God and by His grace. Therefore, our grief now should not mar the melody of our praise to Almighty God who is the owner of our lives.

In closing, let us adhere to what Paul wrote in Romans chapter 14, verse 8:
I quote,
“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s”

May the soul of Mr. Keshi rest in peace, Amen.

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