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Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (Lagos31 January 1962) is a former Nigerian footballer. After his active career he became a football coach. He is currently active as a Nigerian national coach. On 10 February 2013, he won with Nigeria the African Cup 2013 after 1-0 win against Burkina Faso.

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Africa[Edit]Edit

Keshi debuted at the local St. finbarr's College Lagos and made the switch to ACB Lagosas a young man. In 1979, the then 17-year-old defender in the national side, but a year later followed a transfer. Keshi ended up at New Nigeria Bank FC, where he tarried until 1984. He won twice in a row the General Eyadéma Cup, a Championship for West African clubs. In that period he was for the first time called for the national team.

After several seasons with New Nigeria Bank pulled Keshi to Ivory Coast. He played there for two years for two different clubs: Stade d'Abidjan and Africa Sports. At the latter club decorated the strong defender a transfer to KSC Lokeren.

KSC Lokeren[Edit]Edit

At Lokeren was Aimé Antheunis to work as a coach. In his first season he saw Keshi barely got play opportunities and how at times the club flirted with relegation. A year later the Nigerian got more opportunities to prove himself. He played regularly and also picked up some goals with it. Lokeren finished fourth in the final standings and qualified for the UEFA Cup. Keshi had left a good impression at some clubs, similarly at the then Dutch champion RSC Anderlecht. Keshi had earlier that year in the League still scored against Anderlecht.

Anderlecht[Edit]Edit

Manager Michel Verschueren Keshi pulled out along with his team mate Kari Ukkonen to Anderlecht. Initially the competition was great at the Brussels club. Adri van TiggelenGeorges Grün and Stéphane Demol appeared before the start of the season to get the preferred trainer Georges Leekens. But Keshi became a fixed value. A central defender, he formed together with the experienced Van Tiggelen a strong duo. Also when Raymond Goethals was referred to as the replacement for Leekens Keshi remained an important pawn. In those days fought Anderlecht both at home and abroad in Europe with KV Mechelen to the prices. The direct duels against Mechelen were therefore very loaded. So, the two clubs in 1988 opposite each other in the UEFA Cup winners ' Cup. Keshi claimed a leading role because the Defender picked up a red card after just three minutes.Anderlecht eventually lost 1-0 after a late goal by Marc Wilmots and two weeks later was permanently disabled.

In 1990 the club use of Keshi's fame at the African people. Anderlecht had the very young and talented Ghanaian Nii Lamptey on the eye and was hoping the young footballer Keshi to Brussels could pick up. During a match with the national team to talk with Keshi made time Lamptey. So later, with the help of manager Verschueren, Keshi succeeded there in order to fly to Belgium Lamptey.

Keshi remained in the long run four seasons in Anderlecht. In his last season, when he by trainer Aad de Mos often had to sit on the bench, he played for the first time champion. He had already twice under Gale before the Cup of Belgium conquered.

Strasbourg[Edit]Edit

RC Strasbourg was in ' 91 the new club of the Nigerian international. The French club was just promoted to Ligue 1 and had as main objective the preservation in the highest League. Keshi came again more frequently to play for two seasons and became a fixture in the team of Gilbert Gress, who in the past was still coach of Club Brugge. Keshi was in that period a team mate of Frank Leboeuf.

RWDM[Edit]Edit

It was the Defender back to Belgium RWDM that took out, but he barely got play opportunities. Keshi saw how the trainer preferred Daniel Camus and Daniel N. It was a miserable season for Keshi, who four times in action came and saw how RWDM just didn't have to degrade.

End career[Edit]Edit

Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Keshi was still called up to the national team. He moved to the United Statesfor several years, where he played in the lower divisions for financially interesting clubs. He ended up inMalaysia In 1997 and then put an end to his career as a player.

International[Edit]Edit

[1][2]In the Cotton Bowl, a stadium inDallas, Stephen Keshi was the captain during the first World Cup match of Nigeria. The Super Eagles won 3-0 byBulgaria.

From 1983 to 1995 Keshi played for the national team of Nigeria. He was for a time the captain of the Super Eagles. In 1994 he won the African Nations Cupwith his country.That year for the only time he took part in the World Championship. It was the first time that Nigeria to the World Cup if. Keshi was the oldest player from the national selection and also captain.

Trainer[Edit]Edit

During his period in the United States followed a Keshi trainers course. In 2004 , he was appointed national coach of Togo. The country, which mainly relied on the qualities of striker Emmanuel Adebayor, Keshi was among places for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. It was the first World Cup participation for Togo, that in the meantime substandard performed in the African Nations Cup ' 06. Due to the poor performance of Togo Football Association decided to replace Otto Pfisterto Keshi. As a result, if not to the World Cup Keshi.

Pfister could with Togo not stunting at the World Championships. Moreover, threatened the players group to cease because the Football Federation not paid salaries. Keshi was again In 2007 national coach. In the same year Keshi stepped on.

The former Defender then went to work as head coach of Mali. But again a poor performance on the African Cup ensured for the dismissal of Keshi. On 2 november 2011 , he was appointed coach of his home country Nigeria. He succeeded his former teammate Samson Siasia on. on 16 november 2013 he placed himself with his country for the 2014 WORLD CUP in Brazil.