Abuja – The Nigeria Football Coaches Association (NFCA) has described as “big shock’’ the news of the death of Kate Keshi, wife of former Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Keshi.
President of the association, Bitrus Bewarang told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja that Nigerian football coaches sympathised with Keshi at this time of grief.
NAN reports that Kate died on the night of Dec. 9 in the United States of America, after a three-year-battle with cancer.
Bewarang, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said he understood how painful it was to lose a wife.
“I was shocked by the news because I know how he (Keshi) is feeling because it happened to me two and half years ago.
“It is difficult for someone to lose a spouse; so, as the NFCA President, I want to say on behalf of the coaches that we sympathise with our colleague and also the entire Keshi family.
“We pray that God will give them the strength to bear this irreparable loss,’’ Bewarang said.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Ado, a member of Keshi’s family, has said that they were working on how to bring home the remains of late Kate before deciding on burial arrangement.
In a related development, Ben Alaiya, former Super Eagles Media Officer during the reign of Keshi, told NAN that late Kate might likely be buried before Christmas celebration.
“I don’t think there is any need keeping her till after Christmas celebration for burial but let’s see what happens from now,’’ he said.
Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick, who also condoled with Keshi, said that losing a spouse was the equivalent of a tragedy.
“Keshi is a Nigerian hero and we mourn deeply with him at this time.
Late Kate is survived by four children, her mother, brother and sisters as well as her husband. (NAN)