Google Celebrates Nigerian Football Icon, Stephen Keshi

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JANUARY 23, 2018 – Search Engine giant, Google has honored Nigerian Football icon, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi. Keshi was a Nigerian football defender and manager.

Google depicted Keshi in a doodle on his posthumous birthday on Tuesday, January 23.

Nigerian number four jersey and another wearing a face cap depicting his role as captain of the Nigerian Super Eagles and Coach of the team.

Also in the image are medals with ’94 and ’13 inscribed on them apparently showing his achievements in 1994 Africa Cup of Nations as player and as a coach in 2013.

During his playing career, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national football team, making him the nation’s second-most capped player at the time of his retirement. He represented the country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory in the latter. He also played club football in five countries, most notably Belgium, where he won the Belgian league championship with R.S.C. Anderlecht in 1991.

As a manager, Keshi achieved success by qualifying Togo for the only FIFA World Cup appearance in its history in 2006. However, he left the position prior to the tournament and was replaced by Otto Pfister. He later coached his native Nigeria, where he became one of only two people, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.

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