It was reported that the coach lost his wife of more than 30 years to cancer early on Thursday morning.
Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Pinnick told Stephen Keshi over the phone when he called him: “This is devastating. To lose a spouse is the equivalent of a tragedy. I pray that Almighty God will give you and the children the fortitude to bear this huge loss.”
Speaking to thenff.com, Pinnick said: “Keshi is a Nigerian hero and we mourn deeply with him at this time. This has come like a big blow, but we pray that he receives divine strength to cope with the situation, and we also pray that the Almighty God will grant the departed eternal rest.”
Super Eagles media officer Toyin Ibitoye sent his condolenses
Former Super Eagles team coordinator, Emmanuel Attah, wrote on his Facebook wall: “A very sad day for me. Received early this morning the news of the death in far away USA, of the woman I fondly call my mummy. The wife of the coach I so love and worked with in the Super Eagles, the big Boss Stephen Keshi, Simply unbelievable, its like a dream.
“But who are we mortals to question God’s will, for he alone lives forever. Rest in Peace mummy. My big Boss, its a big loss to we all, be consoled and take heart. She was so passionate about the National Team and always praying for us to succeed.”