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African football giant, Stephen Keshi remembered worldwide

African football giant, Stephen Keshi remembered worldwide

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Millions of tributes have been paid on social media for the African football legend, Nigerian Stephen Keshi who died on Wednesday morning after suffering from a cardiac arrest.

The former footballer and coach, popularly known as the Big Boss, died in Benin City, Edo State in Nigeria at the age of 54.

Stephen Keshi hardly tweets but has close to 20,000 followers since he created his Twitter account in December 2012.

People don't have to believe in you for you to succeed. Just work hard. When you succeed, they will believe.

His last tweet, on February 5, ironically says: “Thank you everyone. It is well.”

This appreciation was undoubtedly directed at those who supported him with well wishes when he lost his wife, Kate Keshi, to cancer on December 10, 2015.

Her death, after a three-year battle with the disease, caused him a lot of sorrow, his family announced, adding that he was expected to return to his home in the US the day he died.

The world is sympathizing with the family of Stephen Keshi who is trending in Africa and worldwide on Twitter.

He is also remembered for some memorable quotes he made in his career:

“People don’t have to believe in you for you to succeed. Just work hard. When you succeed, they will believe.”

“Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a battle.”

Below are some selected tributes accorded the man who is behind Nigeria’s major sporting achievement of being the first African team to win an Africa Cup of Nations trophy and a World Cup qualification in the same year.

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