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Keshi funeral: Nigerians mourn ‘the big boss’

The funeral has been held today for Nigerian football legend Stephen Keshi, who died in Benin City on last month at the age of 54.

He was one of only two men to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player and a coach.

There was a requiem mass for him this afternoon at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin City in southern Nigeria.

His body was later laid in state at the city’s main stadium and was followed by a football match in his honour.

Last night, sports personalities, including the sports minister, gathered at an event in the capital, Abuja, to remember and praise Keshi for his outstanding career.

He was popularly known as “the big boss” and captained the Super Eagles for 11 years and coached Togo and Mali’s national teams as well as Nigeria’s over the years.

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