Stephen Keshi Buries Wife: Amodu, Eguavoen, Others Pay Tributes – Photos

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Wife of former chief coach and Ex captain of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi was laid buried today, Friday Jan. 15

Late Kate Keshi (nee Abureme) died on December 9, 2015, in the U.S. after a long battle with cancer. She was ‎laid to rest at her husband’s house at Ugiokhuen Quarters, Ugbor, GRA, in Benin, after a ‎requiem mass held at St. Paul Catholic Church, Airport Road. More Photos after the cut….

Benin City, the capital of Edo state literally stood still Friday as the ancient city turned the nation’s football capital city, when top dignitaries in the nation’s football converged to pay their last respect to Kate, wife of former captain and chief coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, who died of cancer. 

Stephen Keshi performing dust to dust during the burial of his late wife, Kate

Among top dignitaries at the burial ceremony was chairman of Edo State Football Association, Frank Ilaboya, the technical director of the NFF, Shaibu Amodu, ex-Super Eagles coach, Austin Eguavoen and former assistant coach to Keshi, Daniel Amokachi‎.‎ Speaking at the event, Mr. Ilaboya, described the death of Kate as a loss, not for the Keshi family alone but for the entire football family in Nigeria. ‎

Stephen Keshi with his children during the burial ceremony

“I think it is a great loss, not just to the FA but to the football community in Nigeria. We are talking about the wife of former Super Eagles coach. He was captain at junior and senior levels. In fact, he was the longest serving captain. He became the only Nigerian coach to have won the Nations Cup as a captain and as a coach. “I understand how great this loss is. My prayer is that God will give the family the fortitude to bear the loss. Keshi has been a wonderful person. I know how traumatised he must be now; that is why we are praying ‎God to give him and the children the fortitude to bear the loss.‎”

Stephen Keshi during church service

Born on 17 September, 1962, the late Kate Keshi, a graduate of Nursing from the University of Phoenix, USA and mother of four, died on 9 December, 2015, in USA where she was based, haven battled cancer for several years.‎
She was ‎laid to rest at her husband’s house at Ugiokhuen Quarters, Ugbor, GRA, in Benin, after a ‎requiem mass held at St. Paul Catholic Church, Airport Road.

The casket of Kate