The arrangement for the burial ceremony late Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has been made public.
Delta State Commissioner for Information Mr. Patrick Ukah, Who is also a member of the burial committee said that the ceremony would take place between Thursday, July 28, and July 31, 2016.
Speaking in Asaba, Mr. Ukah said that on July 28 there will be a requiem mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Benin City, by 9:00 am, followed by lying in state at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, by 11:00am.
There will also be a novelty match between the All Stars and Tributes teams at the same venue.
From there, his remains will depart Benin City for Asaba, Delta State, by 1:15pm. On arrival, there will be lying-in-state ceremony at the Sports Hall of Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, from 3:15pm, and a service of songs/vigil mass will hold at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, Delta State, by 6:00pm on the same day.
The body will leave Asaba for Illah on Friday by 7am. There will be a brief stopover at the Ogbelani’s Palace for traditional rites as a Palace Chief by 8:00am, followed by lying in state at his family home, Ukpologwu Quarters, Illah, by 8:30am.
The funeral mass will take place at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, by 10:00am after which he will be interred at his family compound, Ukpologwu Quarters, Illah, by 12:30pm.
Entertainment of guests will be at Omorka Primary School playground by 12:30pm.
The burial ceremony will be rounded off on July 31 with a thanksgiving mass at St John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, by 10:00am.