Wednesday Jun 08, 2016. 15:30
Nigeria international Ogenyi Onazi has told AfricanFootball.com coach Stephen Keshi contributed a lot to his career and he will forever have a special place in his heart.
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The Lazio midfielder, who captained Eagles in the friendly games against Mali and Luxembourg, said the late coach gave him the Eagles chance he craved for.
"This is shocking. Keshi contributed a lot to my career,” he told AfricanFootball.com
"He was the one who watched me play for my club and said I am ripe to play for Super Eagles and brought me in, for me he is my legend. Forever he will be in my memory."
Rabiu Afolabi, who played at two World Cups, said he still remembers how Keshi got him to make his full international debut 16 years ago.
“I wish to pay my homage to the man who initiated my first senior cap to the Super Eagles on 17th
June 2000 against Sierra Leone,” he saluted.
“He made my childhood dream come true.
"This memory will linger in my mind forever. Thank you BIG BOSS for all your contributions into the football world. May your soul rest in peace.”
‘Robo Cop’ added: “It was very devastating for all the football family in Nigeria, Africa and the world to hear about the sudden death of our legend, captain, a great coach and a mentor, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi.”
By Olusola Alao