Infotech giants Google, on Tuesday, post-humously celebrated Nigerian legend Stephen Keshi as one of the greatest “football icon” to wear the country’s colours.
The celebration of the late Nigerian by Google comes exactly on the day he would have marked his 56th birthday.
“Today we celebrate the life of Nigerian football icon Stephen Keshi. The beautiful game took Keshi all over the world, as a player and coach. Happy Birthday Big Boss. #StephenKeshi #GoogleDoodle,” the search engine stated via one of its Twitter handles, Google in Africa.
The doodle captures Keshi celebrating in the famous number four jersey which made him a cult hero among Nigerian football followers.
A much bigger image, roughly scribbled, pictures the ‘Big Boss’ as Keshi was nicknamed for his huge influence in the sport in his country, wearing a facecap and decked in a predominantly green tracksuit referencing his coaching era.
The doodle by Google further captures two of the most successful years of Keshi’s footballing career as a player and coach – 1994 when he captained Nigeria to win the Africa Cup of Nations and 2013 when he won it as a coach with the Super Eagles.
The two dates are encapsulated in the logo on the search engine, Google, to depict Keshi as one of only two men who have won the Afcon as a player and coach.
Keshi died at the age of 54 in Benin City on June 7, 2016
However Keshi has become another famous Nigerian who is late to be posthumously celebrated by Google. In November last year, the technology company celebrated popular novelist and professer, Chinua Achebe who died in March 2013.
Today we celebrate the life of Nigerian football icon Stephen Keshi. The beautiful game took Keshi all over the world, as a player and coach. Happy Birthday Big Boss. #StephenKeshi #GoogleDoodle pic.twitter.com/KIwPtDopCi
— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) January 23, 2018
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