Keshi’s talent earned him scholarship to school – Principal

The Principal of St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Lagos, Daniel Ikediobi, on Friday said the late former Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, was admitted to the college because of his football prowess.

“Stephen Keshi was admitted into the school on scholarship due to his dexterity in football.

“He was admitted into form three during the 1977/1978 academic session by the founding principal of the college, Rev. Fr. Dennis Slatery,’’ Ikediobi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

He said the principal, who was the first Chairman of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), and first Chairman of Nigerian Referees Association (NRA), attracted students who exhibited good skills in football to the school.

“Fr. Slatery attracted students who were potential footballers by offering scholarships or soft landing to them because St. Finbarr’s College is a football-playing school.

“Any issue that concerned Keshi was considered if his parents could not meet up,’’ Ikediobi said while paying tribute to the football legend.

According to him, the ex- Super Eagles captain was poached while playing for his former school during the Lagos State Principal Cup competition.

He said Keshi played for the school in the competition the year he was admitted and won the tournament which was the last he played before he left in 1979/1980 session.

The head teacher, who was the Physics teacher then, said he could not say much about Keshi’s academic performance because he was an arts student.

“I cannot say much about his brilliance in academics, but being prominent in football with Henry Nwosu, he was known to be relatively cool headed.

“He was not involved in any activity that warranted him being suspended or expelled from the school throughout his days,’’ the principal said.

Credit NAN


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