Stephen Okechukwu Keshi is a retired Nigerian football player. He was born in 1962 and played for African and European, mostly Belgian, football clubs.
He was a key player of the Nigerian national team and appeared at the 1994 FIFA World Cup, played in five African Cup of Nations championships and was a part of the team, when they won the 1994 African Cup of Nations.
Having finished professional playing career Stephen Keshi got special coaching education in the USA.
From 2004 till 2006 he headed the Togo national team and led them to their first ever FIFA World Cup championship in 2006.
Keshi guided the Mali national team for two seasons and then he was appointed the head coach of the Nigeria national team. In 2013 Stephen guided the Eagles to the African Cup of Nations title. At 2014 World Cup in Brazil Nigeria made it to the round of 16, but lost to France.
Hours after that defeat, Stephen Keshi resigned from the national team.
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