Following the recent tussle over their father’s final resting place between the late footballer’s family and his wife’s, the children of late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi have confirmed that the remains of the award-winning football tactician would be interred at his hometown in Illah, Delta State.
The children disclosed this much in a letter signed by Jennifer Keshi and addressed to the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi.
The letter declared the date of the commencement of his burial rites to be 27-29 July, with a night of tribute in Abuja, lying-state, church service and novelty football match in Benin City and eventual burial in Illah, his hometown.
The letter, which appreciated the NFF and Nigerians at large, read: “The children of the late Stephen Keshi, Jennifer, Stephanie, Sophie, Stephen Olufemi Keshi and Stephen Keshi Jr, would like at this time to express our thanks and appreciation to the people of Nigeria, Africa, the Football community all over the world, most especially the Nigeria Football Federation, Edo and Delta State Governments, our relative, friends and well –wishers who have surrounded us with their love and care in this period of bereavement.
“We are deeply touched by the numerous calls, visits, prayers, words of encouragement and the show of willingness to be a part of the burial arrangements. Your acts of kindness and generosity have made our burden bearable. Thank you from the depths of our hearts.
“Our late dad was not only a wonderful husband to a wonderful wife, he was a soccer icon. Our mother who passed on to glory few months ago, together they were the most precious people we ever had. Their parenting and love for us knew no bound. They protected us and shielded us and prepared us for life.”