Thanks to Google, Nigerians celebrate Stephen Keshi’s posthumous birthday

Stephen Keshi’s 56th posthumous birthday is celebrated on social media

Late Stephen Keshi is arguably one of the most successful African coaches ever and his posthumous birthday was not going to go un-celebrated especially by Google.

To kick the celebration into swing, Google had a doodle of the former Nigeria coach on its search engine and it easily caught on.

“Today we celebrate the life of Nigerian football icon Stephen Keshi. The beautiful game took Keshi all over the world, as a player and coach. Happy Birthday Big Boss. #StephenKeshi #GoogleDoodle,” Google wrote on its ‘Google in Africa’ Twitter account.

Shortly after hundreds of tribute poured in for one of Nigeria’s most celebrated sportsman.

During his playing career, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national football team, making him the nation’s second-most capped player at the time of his retirement.

Google’s Doodle kicked off the celebration of Stephen Keshi’s 56th posthumous birthday

He represented Nigeria at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory in the latter.

He also played club football in five countries, most notably Belgium, where he won the Belgian league championship with Anderlecht in 1991.

But it is his coaching career that has caught the eye of the younger generation.

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As a manager, Keshi achieved success by qualifying Togo for the only FIFA World Cup appearance in its history in 2006.

He later coached his native Nigeria, where he became one of only two people, along with Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.

All these and more easily triggered memories of Keshi popularly known as the Big Boss.

On Twitter, many were closed to tears as they rememebered Keshi.

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