FG may name Abuja Stadium after Keshi
    /    July 2, 2016   /    0 Comments  /    900 Views

Strong indications are rife that the Federal Government may name the National Stadium, Abuja after the late former Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi.

A family source hinted that both the Abuja and the National Stadium in Lagos are still being considered to honour the fallen hero.

The Eagle Online learnt that the Presidency may after all give its nod to the Lagos Stadium, where Keshi made a big mark.
“The final decision rests with the Federal Government, but the family is aware that there are such plans,” a family source informed.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has indicated that he or the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry will head the now expanded committee for the burial of the late soccer icon.

Already, a date of July 27 to 29 has been picked, with several state governments stating their intentions to be part of the burial.

Among the states are Lagos, Cross River, Rivers and Keshi home states of Edo and Delta.

The 20-man committee initially announced may have been expanded to 25 with several important sectors like the Supports Club, sports journalists, representatives of the Nigeria Football Federation, all states indicative of participation in the burial, the Police, Civil Defence, Army and a strong team from his ancestral home in Illah, Delta State all involved.

Among the media men already touted to be in the committee are IAPS big wig, Mitchel Obi, and former NFF spokesman, Austin ‘Booster’ Mgbolu.

The family is fully involved in the latest development and they have agreed that Keshi’s body will lie in state at the National Stadium in Abuja, from where it would be moved to Benin City for another lying in state.

From the Edo State capital, the body will move to the Delta State capital, Asaba, from where it will make its final journey to Illah for burial.


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