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Stephen Keshi Ran Away From Home, Disobeyed Father To Become Super Eagles Coach – Family

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July 29, 2016 – Stephen Keshi Ran Away From Home, Disobeyed Father To Become Super Eagles Coach – Family Friend Speaks

A close member of Stephen Keshi’s family, 81-year-old Chief George Ofuokwu, the Odogwu of Illah told Daily Sunsports yesterday about the life of the late Super Eagles Chief coach and how he disobeyed his father to become a sport man.

See excerpt from the interview below:

How did late Stephen Keshi start his career in football?

Late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi’s career as a football player was not by coincidence or sheer luck. It was an innate ability and desire to succeed that drove him to such an enviable level in football. As a kid he used to kick every object he came across and that was how he developed strong interest in football.

What about his father’s reaction to his interest in the game?

I knew Stephen since when he was a 2-year-old when his family was living in Idi-oro, the area between Baba Olosha and Moshalasi in Mushin, Lagos. His father, Pa Aniemeka Keshi took me as a son and was instrumental to my coming to Lagos many years ago. Stephen Keshi’s father was a strict individual and the education of his children was of utmost importance to him. I consider myself as a close member of the family and I also helped to mediate anytime Keshi went against his father’s decision.

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How did his father react when he won the Principals’ Cup in Lagos?

Before he won the Principals’ Cup, Stephen Keshi left home because his father rejected the idea of a football career, but he was adamant and followed his heart. Then, his father stopped to pay his school fees. His mother called me to intervene, which I did, but his father maintained his stance. However, his mother would cook soup, wrap the ‘Eba’ (garri) and hid it inside her headscarf to take to Stephen in his friend’s house. Fortunately, Reverend Father Dennis Joseph Slattery spotted his football talents and gave him scholarship to St. Finabarr’s College. He grew to become a well-known star after winning the Principals’ Cup. Later he was invited into the national team and we started reading his stories in the newspaper. At that point, his father soft-pedaled and started praying for his success in football. Stephen Keshi fought hard by disobeying his father because of a football career that ended up making him the captain of the Nigerian national football team.



  1. Big Aunty Koks

    July 29, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Parents mean well but it is God Almighty that maps out destinies. Nigeria will certainly remember this very talented and colorful indigenous coach of the Super Eagles team.

    May his soul rest in perfect peace!

  2. Metu Nyetu

    July 29, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Sometimes parents, in their over-protective and sometimes intrusive nature, have killed the dreams that could have made their children. Some parents do not know where their rights end and their children’s begin. To Keshi’s father, it was rebellion when Keshi chose to follow his own heart. But when success finally came, it became career. Nawa for parenting sef. Almost every parent is guilty.

  3. betty

    July 29, 2016 at 6:29 PM

    such is life. he fought a good fight by fighting for his career.

  4. fifelomo

    July 29, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Goodnyt, Stephen.

  5. fifelomo

    July 29, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Continue to rip.

  6. jay jay chijioke

    July 29, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Rest in peace our great hero!


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  8. sola olaniyi

    July 30, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    an ICON..

  9. Maryf

    July 31, 2016 at 3:36 AM

    Nice one. He was such a determined. RIP

  10. otunbar ola fash

    August 1, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    may his soul rip

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