Stephen Keshi, who coached Nigeria to their only African Cup of Nations success in 2013, has reportedly passed away.
The 54-year-old was unexpected, according to a family member who spoke to TheCable in his homeleand.
Keshi is one of only two people to have won the African Cup of Nations as both a player and a manager, and he earned 64 caps for the Super Eagles between 1981 and 2005.
In a club career that saw him play in France, Belgium, and the United States, as well as his native Nigeria, Keshi earned a reputation for being a solid defender.
Following his retirement from playing, Keshi began coaching in the US before taking over the Togo national team in 2004.
From there, he coached Mali, Togo again, and finally Nigeria between 2011 and 2015.
Keshi’s wife Kate, who he was married to for 33 years, lost her battle with cancer in December of last year.