The burial arrangements for late Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi have been made public. A member of the burial committee, who is also the Delta state commissioner for information Patrick Ukah disclosed that the ceremonies will hold between Thursday, July 28 and Sunday, July 31, 2016.
Stephen Keshi According to Ukah, who spoke in Asaba on Wednesday, July 20, there will be a requiem mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Thursday July 28, 2016, at 30 Airport Road, Benin City, from 9:00 am, followed by lying in state at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, 11:00am, while a novelty match by All Stars and Tributes will also take place at the same venue.
The same day, his remains will depart Benin City for Asaba, Delta state from 1:15pm. On arrival, there will be lying in state ceremony at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Indoor Hall, Asaba, from 3:15pm, while a service of songs/vigil mass will hold at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, Delta state by 6:00pm same day.
Friday, July 29, 2016, the body leaves Asaba for Illah by 7am, and there will be a brief stopover at the Ogbelani Palace for traditional rites as a palace chief by 8:00am, followed by lying in state at his family home, Ukpologwu Quarters, Illah, from 8:30am.
The requiem mass will take place at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, by 10:00am after which interment will hold at his family compound, Ukpologwu Quarters, Illah, from 12:30pm. Entertainment of guests will be at Omorka Primary School Playground by 12:30pm.
The burial ceremonies will be rounded off on Sunday, July 31, with a thanksgiving mass at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, by 10:00am. Recall that the football legend was confirmed dead at a hospital he was rushed to in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8, in Benin City, Edo state.