My Last Moment With Keshi –Okpala
Former Assistant Coach of the Super Eagles under the late Stephen Keshi, Okpala Sylvanus Okpala, has described the death of the ex-national team coach as shocking.
Speaking with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos, the former Super Eagles midfielder disclosed that Keshi’s death was shocking because two of them talked on phone only a week ago.
Okpala said he never expected that the chat was going to be their last,saying: “When he called, I left my phone at home because every morning I go to exercise. So when I returned, I saw his missed call. Then I said ok let me take my bath and after, which I will call him.
“Immediately I finished taking my bath, he called back and we discussed. We didn’t even talk much about football. I said Oga to what do I owe this call and he asked me if I was ok.
“He asked me about my family and I said we were okay, and I asked about his job, to which he answered in the affirmative.
“Then after two days, I called him back, and we just talked about how we were doing. I never knew that was going to be the last time I would hear from him.”
Okpala, who was a contemporary of Keshi from their youth football days, told NAN that they were invited to the senior national team at the same time.
“We started together from what we call today Flying Eagles in 1978/79. We also joined the Green Eagles almost at the same time, the Super Eagles as you call them today, before we met again as coaches at the national team. So it has been a long journey together,” he added.