Togo's Adebayor pays tribute to Stephen Keshi

Togo's Adebayor pays tribute to Stephen Keshi
Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jun 22, 2016. 16:00

Togolese international striker Emmanuel Adebayor has joined the football fraternity in mourning the passing of former Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi.

Reports from Nigeria suggest that the former Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Arsenal forward ,with his Togolese teammates, played in a match to pay tribute to the fallen Big Boss.

The ex-Super Eagles skipper passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 in Benin City, Edo State and previously led Togo on three occasions between 2004 and 2011.

Keshi led the Sparrowhawks to their first FIFA World Cup qualification in 2006 ,but was sacked just before the tournament kicked off.

“It was a very emotional today at the Stade Municipal de Lomé,” Adebayor is quoted by Pulse website.


“Together with some professional players we played a game in honour of an incredible man, Stephen Keshi. He was a leader on and off the pitch.

"He paved the way for young African players to showcase their talents to the world. RIP "Big Boss"!

"I knew Keshi when I was very young. He taught me a lot in my career. His death is a great loss to African football."

It is reported that the match was organised by Togo's Sports Writers Union des Journalists Sportifs du Togo together with the Sports Ministry.

The current Togo national side faced 'Team Keshi' made up of players who were part of his 2006 squad.

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