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Stephen Keshi Footballer and coach Sports

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Stephen Keshi RIP (23/01/1962 - 07/06/2016)
Stephen Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (23 January 1962 – 7 June 2016) was a Nigerian football defender. He was also a football manager of the Nigeria national team. He was one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.After a playing career mostly with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching.Coaching careerIn 1996 he was joined...
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Rashidi Yekini Footballer Sports

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Rashidi Yekini RIP (23/10/1963 - 04/05/2012)
Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) was a Nigerian footballer who played as a striker.His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries his own notwithstanding.Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition. He...
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Samuel Okwaraji Professional footballer Sports

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Samuel Okwaraji RIP (19/05/1964 - 12/08/1989)
Samuel Okwaraji

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the University of Rome. He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.CareerOkwaraji had a career in Europe which...
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Teslim Balogun Former Nigerian coach Sports

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Teslim Balogun RIP (01/01/1927 - 30/07/1972)
Teslim Balogun

Tesilimi Olawale "Teslim" Balogun (1927 – 30 July 1972) was a Nigerian football player and coach. Balogun played at both professional and international levels as a striker, before becoming Africa's first qualified professional football coach.Playing careerBalogun played in his native Nigeria for a number of teams, including Apapa Bombers, Marine Athletics, UAC XI, Railways XI, Jos XI, Pan Bank Team, Dynamos Club and SCOA XI. During his time in Nigeria, Balogun won the Challenge Cup a...
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Stephen Keshi
Footballer and coach Category: Sports

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Stephen Keshi (23/01/1962 - 07/06/2016)
Stephen Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (23 January 1962 – 7 June 2016) was a Nigerian football defender. He was also a football manager of the Nigeria national team. He was one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.After a playing career mostly with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching.Coaching careerIn 1996 he was joined...
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Rashidi Yekini
Footballer Category: Sports

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Rashidi Yekini (23/10/1963 - 04/05/2012)
Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) was a Nigerian footballer who played as a striker.His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries his own notwithstanding.Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition. He...
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Rashidi Yekini
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Samuel Okwaraji
Professional footballer Category: Sports

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Samuel Okwaraji (19/05/1964 - 12/08/1989)
Samuel Okwaraji

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the University of Rome. He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.CareerOkwaraji had a career in Europe which...
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Teslim Balogun
Former Nigerian coach Category: Sports

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Teslim Balogun (01/01/1927 - 30/07/1972)
Teslim Balogun

Tesilimi Olawale "Teslim" Balogun (1927 – 30 July 1972) was a Nigerian football player and coach. Balogun played at both professional and international levels as a striker, before becoming Africa's first qualified professional football coach.Playing careerBalogun played in his native Nigeria for a number of teams, including Apapa Bombers, Marine Athletics, UAC XI, Railways XI, Jos XI, Pan Bank Team, Dynamos Club and SCOA XI. During his time in Nigeria, Balogun won the Challenge Cup a...
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Teslim Balogun
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Stephen Keshi
Footballer and coach Category: Sports

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Stephen Keshi (23/01/1962 - 07/06/2016)
Stephen Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi (23 January 1962 – 7 June 2016) was a Nigerian football defender. He was also a football manager of the Nigeria national team. He was one of only two people, along with Egypt's Mahmoud El-Gohary, to have won the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a coach.After a playing career mostly with Belgian clubs, Keshi went to the United States to be educated in coaching.Coaching careerIn 1996 he was joined...
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Stephen Keshi
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Rashidi Yekini
Footballer Category: Sports

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Rashidi Yekini (23/10/1963 - 04/05/2012)
Rashidi Yekini

Rashidi Yekini (23 October 1963 – 4 May 2012) was a Nigerian footballer who played as a striker.His professional career, which spanned more than two decades, was mainly associated with Vitória de Setúbal in Portugal, but he also played in six other countries his own notwithstanding.Yekini scored 37 goals as a Nigerian international, and represented the nation in five major tournaments, including two World Cups where he scored the country's first-ever goal in the competition. He...
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Rashidi Yekini
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Samuel Okwaraji
Professional footballer Category: Sports

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Samuel Okwaraji (19/05/1964 - 12/08/1989)
Samuel Okwaraji

Samuel Sochukwuma Okwaraji (19 May 1964 – 12 August 1989) was a professional footballer who played internationally for Nigeria. He was also a qualified lawyer who had a masters in international law from the University of Rome. He collapsed and died of congestive heart failure in the 77th minute of a World Cup qualification match against Angola at the Lagos National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos State on 12 August 1989.CareerOkwaraji had a career in Europe which...
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Samuel Okwaraji
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Teslim Balogun
Former Nigerian coach Category: Sports

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Teslim Balogun (01/01/1927 - 30/07/1972)
Teslim Balogun

Tesilimi Olawale "Teslim" Balogun (1927 – 30 July 1972) was a Nigerian football player and coach. Balogun played at both professional and international levels as a striker, before becoming Africa's first qualified professional football coach.Playing careerBalogun played in his native Nigeria for a number of teams, including Apapa Bombers, Marine Athletics, UAC XI, Railways XI, Jos XI, Pan Bank Team, Dynamos Club and SCOA XI. During his time in Nigeria, Balogun won the Challenge Cup a...
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Teslim Balogun
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