Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has paid tribute to former Nigeria footballer and coach, Stephen Keshi, who died Wednesday morning.
In a condolence letter sent to the Nigerian Football Federation, Nyantakyi said Keshi was "a great man and a noble spirit", whose shining example of dedication to football and to footballers was not only to dedicated Nigeria but to several countries including Ghana.
He said Keshi's death was not only a loss to Nigerians, but also to the football fraternity of Ghana, adding that he was admired by all and would be sorely missed.
“I had the honour – and the privilege – of meeting him on several occasions, and I was always overwhelmed by his dedication to football, his knowledge of the game and humility. This is a very sad day for us,” he said.
Keshi died suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday in Benin City, Edo state.
The death has been confirmed by a member of his family and close associates.
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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.