Dr. Rafiu Oladipo, President-General, Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC), has suggested the naming of a stadium in the country after the late Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi.
Oladipo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday that naming a stadium after Keshi would serve as a “befitting honour for the player who won the Nations Cup for Nigeria as a captain and as a coach”.
He said “Keshi achieved the same feat as Clement Westerhoff who won the Nations Cup for the first time for Nigeria as the Super Eagles Coach in 1994 in Tunisia. Keshi as the Super Eagles Captain in 1994 recorded another glorious feat for Nigeria, winning the Nations Cup for Nigeria as coach in South Africa in 2013,” .
Oladipo who is also the President-General, African Football and Other Sports Supporters Club (AFOSSU), added that naming a stadium after Keshi would be a morale booster for other Nigerian coaches, however he didn’t want to name the stadium so as not to be too political as this gesture would immortalise him.
“Imagine, he just lost his wife, Kate last year December and suddenly, he too died without any sign of ailment. His untimely death is shocking. When I heard of his death, it baffled me because he showed no sign of any sickness. Nobody knows or heard that he was sick. We learnt of his death this morning, it’s a very big loss to Nigerian football, a very big loss to Nigerian sports and to Nigerians. Keshi, was a good player, a very a dependable captain of the Super Eagles and that standard he continued with as a coach of the Super Eagles,”