The Togo cum Crystal Palace player, Emmanuel Adebayor on Sunday mourned the demise of the former Nigerian skipper and manager, Stephen Keshi describing his death as a “great loss to African football”.
Stephen Keshi, who reportedly, died from a heart attack at the age of 54 earlier this month, won the Africa Cup of Nations as a player in 1994 and coach in 2013.
Adebayor’s word of commiseration was made at Lome where an exhibition game was organised to pay homage to Keshi, who coached Togo to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
The Togolese captain, who also participated in the game, told newsmen that the deceased had played an important role in his life.
“I knew Keshi when I was very young. He taught me a lot in my career. His death is a great loss to African football,” Adebayor told AFP.
“Keshi is a man I will never forget. He taught us about discipline in the squad and he made us a force at the time,” added former Togo captain Jean-Paul Abalo Dosseh.
Around 8,000 fans watched Sunday’s game which began with a rousing minute’s applause in honour of Keshi, who died on June 8.
Keshi coached Togo to the 2006 World Cup but was sacked on the eve of the competition. He returned briefly to the job in 2010.