Nigerian football great Stephen Keshi has died at the age of 54.
The former Super Eagles captain and later coach died suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday in Benin City, Edo state, Saharareporters has reported.
The death is said to have been confirmed by a member of his family and close associates.
Stephen Keshi was not known to have been sick but was said to have struggled to get over the loss of his wife who died last year after a prolonged battle with cancer.
He is survived by four children and his mother.
Stephen Keshi is one of only two people to have lifted the African Cup of Nations trophy both as a player and a coach.
The other person to have achieved the feat is Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary.
The former Nigeria defender made history when he qualified Togo to the World Cup for the first time in 2006.
In 2013 he won Nigeria's first AFCON trophy since 1994.
He represented Nigeria from 1982, at age 20, till 1994, most of the time captaining the Super Eagles and scoring vital goals from his position as a central defender.