Stephen Keshi’s life was an eventful one of many firsts. He was the first Nigerian player to head out to Europe in search of greener pastures. His exit from the local league opened the doors for many other players to move to Europe.
He won the Africa Cup of Nations as captain of the Nigeria team in 1994 and was a member of the squad that qualified for and played at the 1994 World Cup, Nigeria’s first appearance on the senior international stage.
After his retirement, Keshi became a coach and led Togo to qualify for their first World Cup in 2006, a feat never achieved before by an African coach handling another African team.
Keshi became Nigeria coach after a stint in Mali and led the Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa in 2013.
By 2014, he led the Super Eagles to the World Cup in Brazil where they got to the Round of 16, the first time an African coach had gone past the first round.
By the time he died on June 7, 2016, he was without work having been eased out of the Nigeria role.
He would have been 56 years old today, January 23.
So here’s to a life of achievement and of firsts as Google chose to dedicate their doodle to the Big Boss today.