Stephen Keshi Junior has released a press statement from his base in
Atlanta Georgia, thanking the world for the kind words they have been
rendering towards his late father and the support his family have
gotten so far. He says it is not easy losing both parents in 6 months,
but he is sure they are together. Here's what he said.
"We're still mourning our father, we're still shocked and confused.
Words can't describe our feelings right now, but we want to remain
joyful, remain happy, because he was a joyful and happy person. For us
what helps is our parents are together now; they were together on
earth for 33 years. It soothes us that they are together in heaven.
"He was our loving father, widower, grandfather, brother, friend,
pioneer, mentor and hero. Our father was a joyful person, he hated
sadness with a passion. We are grateful for all the love, support and
condolence from everyone on the loss of such an iconic African.
"We appreciate all the phone calls, texts, messages and posts on
social media. It is not easy to lose both parents within a 6-month
period. It is important to know that you have been there for us before
and will be there for us going forward. Keshi with his late wife Kate.
"Stephen Keshi was a just man, who believed and championed the cause
of every teammate when he played the game and every player when he was
a coach. He served his nation and people with pride and joy. He always
had a smile on his face whenever he did it.
"His illustrious football career took him outside of Nigeria to Ivory
Coast first, before he made the trip to Europe; a trip footballer's
make today and he was one of the first to embark on such journey. Our
father was a man of the people; he welcomed everyone with open arms as
a player and even more as a manager when he was with Togo, Mali and
most recently the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
"As we mourn the loss of a great man, we want everyone to join us in
celebrating his remarkable life and even though it was taken away from
us quicker than expected, we hope his life serves as a great example,
his experience and how he fought for what was right is seen by younger
generations as something to aspire to.
"We will keep you updated on where and when the wake keeping in
California and Georgia will be as well as information about the burial
in Nigeria. Let us celebrate and honour Stephen Keshi, celebrate his
example to serve his country, honour his accomplishments as a player,
father and coach, remember the smile and energetic laughter he had
that brightened every room he walked into. "