Google celebrated the 56th birthday of the late Stephen Keshi with Doodle. A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages that commemorate holidays, events, achievements and people.

Google Africa tweeted:

Commenting on the honour bestowed on Keshi in a media chat, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa said: “Football took Keshi all over the world as he played across Africa, Europe, and the U.S.

“Known affectionately as`Big Boss’, he was beloved as a player for Nigeria’s national team, where he earned more than 60 caps and for representing the country at the FIFA World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations.’’

He further stated that: “Kehsi achieved his personal dream in 2011, when he became an indigenous national coach of the Super Eagles, cementing his place in African and world football history. Coaching the Nigerian team, Keshi won the African Cup of Nations in 2013, and in 2014 became the first African coach of an African nation to make it to the knockout round of a World Cup.

“Keshi is one of the only two men to win the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and a manager, a testament to his wit, talent, and love for the sport. A big cheer for this football legend on what would have been his 56th birthday!’’ he said.

Keshi died on June 7, 2016.