There are indications that the Federal Government may name one of the National Stadiums after late Nigeria soccer legend, Stephen Keshi.
A family source of the late Super Eagles coach said: “The final decision on the matter rest with the Federal Government, but the family is aware that there are such plans.”
Speaking to Extra Time on the matter, NFF spokesman Ademola Olajire revealed that there are plans to immortalise the duo of Stephen Keshi and Amodu Shuaibu who passed on recently.
“I can authoritatively say that there are plans to immortalise former Super Eagles coaches, Stephen Keshi and Shuaibu Amodu, but decision on that is yet to be concluded. Also, I cannot state categorically that one of the National Stadiums will be name after any of them, but I know they will be immortalised because they contributed a lot to the development of Nigerian football.
“It is left for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to finally decide on the issue and inform other relevant sporting authorities accordingly,” he said.
Sports Minister, Barr. 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 and coach.
Already, a tentative date of July 27-29, 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 Supporters Club, sports journalists, representatives of the NFF, all states indicative of participation in the burial, the police, civil defence, army and a strong team from his ancestral home in Illah all involved.
The family is 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.