Its been smooth sailing for the Stephen Okechukwu Keshi U17 Tournament, as all members and states that intend to take part in the tourney have been very cooperative, according to Comrade Danladi Musa, AGS Communication of the umbrella body of Nigerian footballers past and still playing.
Already several states have already signed in for the maiden event that run all through the June 7th at the University of Benin Stadium. Among early arrivals are Rivers, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano Kwara, Delta, Lagos, Plateau, Oyo and host Edo state.
More states have been making enquiries about the tournament that is designed to immortalise one of Nigeria’s biggest icon, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi. Who remains the only Nigerian to have won the African Cup of Nations both as Captain of the Super Eagles in 1994 and as Coach in 2013 in South Africa.
The robustly constituted Keshi U17 Committee members has Coach Godwin Izilein as Chairman, Danladi Musa, Stephen Cole, David Aigbovo will also be there, a representative of the Stephen Keshi family, Edo FA Scribe, Emmanuel Ajibola, Harrison Iyomana, former Super Eagles Media Officer, Ben Alaiya and a representative of Hon. Ogbeide Ihama, who donated the trophy for the tourney and has been in the forefront of immortalising Keshi, while Nweke Ifeanyi will serve as Committee Scribe.
The NFF and the Edo State Referees Association will also be represented on the committee that will organise the maiden championship of Nigeria’s longest serving national team skipper. “I am thrilled that Nigerian former footballers and their associates are coming together immortalise one their own in Stephen Keshi and that is why I have donated a trophy for the event and ready to do more”.