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In a tentative burial plan, a night of tributes is to hold in Abuja while lying-in-state, church service and novelty football match in Benin City are to precede the final interment in Illah, his home town.The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, gave the hint when the children of the late coach called to officially inform and thank the federal government for the support given to the family since Keshi’s demise.Already, the minister is proposing a 20-man national committee for a state burial that will comprise family members, the Nigeria Football Federation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, stakeholders including coaches, administrators, ex footballers, the media and representatives of Delta and Edo states.Military and para-military bodies including the Nigeria Police, the Department of State Services, the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and football supporters club are not going to be left out of the planning.Dalung commiserated with the children who lost both parents within six months and urged them to be strong in the Lord.“Coach Stephen Keshi will be remembered for his uncommon charisma, unrivaled leadership qualities and ability to command respect from players, peers and football enthusiasts.He was a national hero and would be given a befitting burial. In fact, Keshi belonged to the government and he will be buried by the federal government.“This committee will ensure a hitch-free burial and liaise between the government and the family to ensure that the best funeral is given to our hero,” revealed the minister in his comforting words to Keshi’s children.Dalung also revealed that a memo which will suggest ways of immortalising both Keshi and Coach Amodu Shaibu is to be presented at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja.Meanwhile, Keshi’s children have praised the efforts of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nigeria Football Federation, the governments of Edo and Delta states, and the global football community, since the demise of the legend.A letter signed by Jennifer Keshi and addressed to the NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, read: “The children of the late Stephen Keshi, Jennifer, Stephanie, Sophie, Stephen Olufemi Keshi and Stephen Keshi Jr, would like at this time to express our thanks and appreciation to the people of Nigeria, Africa, the Football community all over the world, most especially the Nigeria Football Federation, Edo and Delta state governments, our relative, friends and well-wishers who have surrounded us with their love and care in this period of bereavement.“We are deeply touched by the numerous calls, visits, prayers, words of encouragement and the show of willingness to be a part of the burial arrangements. Your acts of kindness and generosity have made our burden bearable. Thank you from the depths of our hearts.“Our late dad was not only a wonderful husband to a wonderful wife, he was a soccer icon. Our mother who passed on to glory few months ago, together they were the most precious people we ever had. Their parenting and love for us knew no bound. They protected us and shielded us and prepared us for life,” recalled the children in the letter to the NFF.Similarly, the Sports Committee of the House of Representatives has hailed the late Keshi as “a man of peace, a gentleman and a thoroughbred professional footballer and coach.”In a letter signed by its chairman, Hon. Goni Bukar Lawan and addressed to NFF president Pinnick, the committee wrote: “The death of this great icon at this point of our history is a great shock to the committee and indeed the football community. The vacuum of his death will definitely be difficult to fill.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAt last, late former Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, is to be given a state burial befitting an icon who brought many laurels to Nigeria.The late ex-international who died on June 8 after winning Africa’s highest football honour twice as both player and coach, is being proposed for burial in his ancestral home of Illah, in Delta State, in the weekend of July 27- 29.
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe next time his Alaska brothers need him, Mike Harris vows to be readily available to help them bounce back from yet another Finals defeat.The winner of the PBA Governors’ Cup Best Import award said on Wednesday night that he will definitely be back for another tour of duty if the Aces would want him again. This after he claimed that someone from Magnolia disrespected him after the Hotshots won the crown at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Harris used the disrespect as fuel to help his team win two straight titles. He was also named Finals MVP both times—keeping him too busy to sign up with the Aces in 2010.“But it’s OK, don’t worry about it,” Harris said of the latest incident. “It’s part of the game [and] they’re excited. But it’s something I’ll never forget and it’s great fuel for next year if they (Aces) will have me [again].”Right now, he feels for his Alaska teammates.“It’s heartbreaking, especially with them,” he said. “But the team and the franchise are definitely making a step in the right direction.”And Harris wants to be there when the Aces finally step on Promised Land again.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “They chased me for eight years [to get me here], so it’s my turn to chase them [Alaska management] for a few months now [to take me back],” Harris said after telling reporters what happened after the game.“They mocked us, it was just lack of respect,” said Harris, who didn’t go into mentioning the specific person behind the taunt. “[It was] total disrespect of character for a person to be like that, especially for someone of their age and respect in the league.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe series ended 4-2 after a 102-86 Magnolia win on Wednesday, though the final tally doesn’t really give an idea how close the series was.And coming so close, Harris said, that gave him the “fuel” to come back and do something he did in Puerto Rico—where something very similar happened while he suited up for Leones de Ponce. Petron holds off F2 Logistics for All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Gardaí are investigating an incident on the back of Errigal road between Dunlewey and Glenveagh on Friday afternoon where a van was set on fire.Gardaí and a fire crew from Gaoth Dobhair attended the scene where a Volkswagen Caddy van was alight.The road was closed for half an hour due to the smoke density. It has emerged that the driver or occupants of the vehicle were not at the location and Gardaí are now anxious to trace the driver and/or occupants.Gardaí are anxious to heard from anyone that was travelling on the road on Friday and noticed anything suspicious. GARDAI INVESTIGATE VW CADDY VAN FIRE was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)