Prominent search engine Google on Tuesday, January 23, created a doodle of the late former Nigeria coach, Stephen Keshi, on its opening page, to celebrate him on a day that would have been his 56th birthday.
According to Google, the doodle was to recognise the legacy of the former coach and captain of the Super Eagles who was born on January 23, 1962, but died on June 7, 2016, at 54.
Doodles are the fun and spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries, and the lives of famous artists, pioneers, and scientists.
The doodle, which will be viewed in all African countries, illustrates the unique achievement of Keshi, who won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations as player in and as a coach in 2013.
The late Mr. Keshi was a world-acclaimed soccer icon who first played football before going into coaching and making a success of both.
During his playing career, Keshi earned 60 caps for the Nigerian national team, making him the nation’s second-most capped player at the time of his retirement.
He represented the country at the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, captaining the Super Eagles to victory in the latter.
He also played club football in five countries, most notably Belgium, where he won the Belgian league championship with R.S.C. Anderlecht in 1991.
As a manager, Keshi achieved success by qualifying Togo for the only FIFA World Cup appearance in its history in 2006.
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