Family releases Keshi’s burial timetable

The family of the late Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has released the time-table for his burial, just as Delta State government has expressed its commitment towards ensuring a befitting burial for the fallen soccer hero.

Keshi’s final resting place in his community Illah, Delta State is also ready.

The local burial committee is made up of Keshi and Aburime family members, Illah development union, Oshimli north local government council and the Delta State government.

Tribunesport reports that Keshi’s personal house where he will be interred is wearing a new look following renovation work carried out by the state government and the family.

The roads leading to Keshi’s house and the church are also being rehabilitated by the state direct labour agency.

A member of the committee and Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, told Tribunesport that the state government’s commitment towards making the burial a success was irrevocable in spite of what the national committee has mapped out.

Meanwhile, Ukah, revealed on Wednesday that the burial ceremonies will hold between Thursday, July 28, and Sunday, July 31, 2016.

According to him on Thursday, July 28, 2016, there will be a requiem mass at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 30 Airport Road, Benin City, from 9:00 am, followed by Lying-in State at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, by 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 at Stephen Keshi International Stadium, Indoor Hall, Asaba, from 3:15pm, followed by a novelty match by All Stars and tributes at Keshi Stadium,from 3:30pm.

The service of songs/vigil mass will hold at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Illah, Delta State by 6:00pm same day.

On 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.