Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi was Tuesday considered worthy of honour by the Ambassadors of French speaking West African countries who bestowed on him a medal of the Francophonie for the year 2013.
Keshi, who in February led Nigeria to the Africa Cup of Nations victory in South Africa, was one of the three recipients of the medal which was presented by the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Jacques Champagne de Labriolle.
The launch time presentation held at the French Institute in Nigeria, presented a rare moment for autograph seekers among the students of the school to take photo shots with Keshi as well as snap the gold plated Africa Cup of Nations trophy which was brought to the occasion.
Ambassador de Labriolle told THISDAY at the occasion that Keshi was a natural pick of the Francophone ambassadors because he had impacted positively on the game of football in French West Africa as a good footballer and a coach.
“Our objective is to honour Nigerians who through their works have impacted on the Francophone West Africa. Keshi is a natural choice because he speaks good French language and was a good player. He also left his mark with outstanding result when he coached some of the Francophone national teams. He is a symbol of excellence which is the value of the award which we created this year,” de Labriolle said.
Keshi made his professional football breakthrough for clubs in Cote d’Ivoire in the mid 1980s before he headed for Europe where he played in Belgium and France.