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Benin City Ready For 3rd Keshi Tourney; Sodje To Deliver Lecture –


All is now set for the 3rd edition of the Stephen Keshi U-17 Memorial tourney that holds in Benin City, between December 1-5 in the Edo state capital, organisers have revealed.

Already, the event lecture titled “The Eagle of the Big Boss”, has been scheduled and will be delivered by former Nigerian international Sam Sodje at the Stephen Keshi Vocational and Training Centre in Benin City on December 1, preceding the event proper that will feature youth teams from across the country.

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Chairman, of the Keshi Board of Trustees, Dr. Brown Ogbeifun and Secretary, Austin Popo, said the title of the lecture was chosen as a means to prop up youths of the football game and develop discipline for the game, for which, Keshi stood for during his playing career.

Teams from across the federation are expected to take part in the tournament, but organisers have toned down the number of teams because of the effect of Covid-19 and the short period that the even has to prepared for and hold.

There are however optimism that the event will be held successfully to continue to immortalise the memory of the only Nigerian who was the first the lead Nigeria to qualify for the World Cup at USA ’94 and remains the only Nigerian player to have led the Super Eagles as coach and player to Nations Cup triumph at Tunisia’94 and SA 2013.

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