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A Sad Week in African Sports: Keshi and Ali Exit the Stage.

This has been some very tough few days for sports fans all across the African continent. Just yesterday, the African continent lost one of our greatest sportsmen. Steven Keshi, the Nigerian soccer maestro, who had won the African Nations Cup both as a player and later as the coach of the Nigerian national soccer team, the Green Eagles.

Apparently, the 54 year old African soccer legend had a sudden heart attack in Benin City, Nigeria yesterday and died rather quickly. Some of his acquaintances report that he had shown no sign of being sick before he started complaining of severe leg pain. He died while he was on the way to the hospital. 
Stephen Keshi of Nigeria, Kalusha Bwalya of Zambia, the great Roger Milla of Cameroon and George Oppong Weah of Liberia, were African soccer pioneers who brought respectability and visibility to football in Sub-Saharan Africa, paving the way for many soccer players to move to the big leagues of Europe and the Americas. He spent the later years of his …