Nobody has spoken to me about my father’s funeral –Keshi’s first son

THE first son of late Nige­ria captain and coach Ste­phen Keshi has expressed bewilderment that certain persons have been putting a date forward for his fa­ther’s burial rites without the knowledge and con­sent of his children.
Stephen Keshi Jnr, 27, arrived at the NFF Sec­retariat on Wednesday morning and met with the General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi. He was in company with US –based chemist and friend of late Keshi, Victor Ugoh and former Super Eagles’ star Victor Obinna Nso­for.

I just came into Ni­geria on Tuesday night, and we read in the pa­pers today that somebody has fixed a date for the burial. I am shocked like my sisters and my broth­ers. Since our father died, nobody has spoken to us about how he died, and we have not even seen his corpse. Yet, someone is fixing a date for his burial!” was reli­ably informed that Keshi’s daughter, Ifeyinwa and husband, who are based in North Carolina, USA also flew into Nigeria on Tuesday.

Keshi Jnr, an events producer in Atlanta, ex­pressed appreciation to the Federal Government, the National Assembly, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ni­geria Football Federation, the governments of Edo and Delta States, ex –in­ternationals and countless corporate bodies and in­dividuals for all the kind words showered on his father since he passed on.

I cannot thank ev­eryone enough. We have only heard good and great words about our father since his death. I am go­ing to Benin City now. The family will sit down and come up with a date for the funeral, but we also appreciate that he was a national figure and will harmonize our plans with that of the Govern­ment and the NFF.
“Our father was a lov­ing family man and we will miss him greatly. Our joy is that he left a worthy legacy for Nigeria football and for his family.”
Meanwhile the family of departed Nigeria coaching legend Shuaibu Amodu has announced that the eighth day fidau prayer for the former NFF Tech­nical Director will take place at his Lagos home on Saturday, 18th June.

Amodu, who quali­fied the Super Eagles for the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups and won two Cup of Nations bronze medals in a four –time stint, and also qualified the Beach Soccer Nation­al Team for the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, died in his sleep in Benin City in the early hours of Saturday last week.
He was buried the same day in his home –town, Okpella in Edo State.
The fidau prayer will hold at late Amodu’s residence at 41b, Adegoke Street, off Alhaji Masha Street, Surulere, Lagos starting from 10am.

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