• Late Stephen Keshi
Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, founder, INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, has claimed that he warned former Coach of the Super Eagles, late Stephen Keshi, to seek the face of God especially after he won the 2013 African Nations Cup in South Africa.
Mr. Keshi, popularly called the Big Boss, died early hours of Wednesday at the age of 54 in Benin City, Edo State.
Like millions of Nigerians and football fans across the world still reeling in pain over the sudden demise of the former Super Eagles captain, Primate Ayodele yesterday said he wrote Keshi a personal letter after the 2013 AFCON victory, to intimate him of the divine revelations he got.
“I have been in deep pains since I learnt of his death. Keshi was a soccer icon. He served Nigeria well both as a player and as a coach. I remember writing him a personal letter after the Nations Cup in South Africa and warned him to seek the face of God.
He needed prayers and I told Nigerians then that Keshi has completed his assignment with the Eagles after the Nations Cup and that Eagles needed another coach to move forward”, the cleric disclosed.
Ayodele urged Nigerian football buffs not to treat divine revelations lightly, even as he maintained that the Super Eagles does not need a foreign coach ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
“I have sent messages to the NFF and I hope they will listen. I have told them the Abuja Glass House needs some spiritual cleansing. On the Eagles, I have made it clear that what the Eagles need now is not a foreign coach.
This is what God revealed to me. I am not saying it to attract publicity or for any financial gain. Let Pinnick Amaju and his board look inwards for a coach. From what God has revealed to me, an indigenous coach will not only qualify the country for the World Cup but take the Eagles far in the competition in Russia. Bringing a foreign coach will be a disaster.
They shouldn’t waste money on a white man”, the INRI founder advised.