Yesterday shockwaves were sent around the nation and the football world when former Super Eagles head coach – Stephen Keshi passed away suddenly at the young age of 54.
Late yesterday the coach’s brother in-law, Ricky Aburime shed some light on the sports hero’s final moments. Still in shock and fighting back tears, Aburime whose late sister Kate was married to Keshi, narrated to The Nation that Keshi passed away within just 15 minutes, with no prior complaint of serious ill health.
Read his account after the jump
I got a call saying that Keshi had complained about his leg which I think they helped to massage. Then he told those with him that he was feeling funny. He asked that he should be taken to the hospital.
When I got the distress call, I told my wife that I needed to go and find out what the problem was. He was massaged, only for him to complain again. By this time he was gasping for breath. When the doctor arrived at the hospital, he confirmed Keshi dead like the nurse said when she checked his pulse. The nurse said he had no pulse. It was about 11. 57pm. In fact, from the way the doctors spoke, there was nothing that they could do
I got inside where he was being treated. I found Keshi lying down, dead. I was the one who put him in the morgue. We have informed the police to incident the matter, considering Keshi’s status.
I’m here with the Edo State Football Association (EDFA) Chairman, Frank Ilaboya. We are waiting for the police pathologist, Wilson Akiru, to perform the autopsy. I don’t know what is happening to my family. Only in January, we laid my sister Kate, Keshi’s wife, to rest. Now this shocking death
Aburime then handed the phone to Ilaboya.Ilaboya who said,
My brother, I’m standing before Keshi’s body. It is true that he is dead. In fact, I’m looking at a lifeless Keshi, lying on the tray, still looking handsome. It is as if he is sleeping. The difference is that he cannot communicate with us. Otherwise, I could have handed over the phone to him. I’m still in shock. We will leave here for the stadium, where we will open two condolence registers at the boardroom and the Football office for sympathisers. We will open another register or two at Keshi’s residence.
For now Keshi’s body has been moved to the Stella Obasanjo Hospital morgue in Benin City where it is awaiting an autopsy which will only be done on the arrival of his first daughter from the United States.
She insisted that she must be present at the autopsy. We need to respect her decision.