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Source: MyNigeria

He was out of breath a lot - Odemwingie speaks on Keshi's health at 2014 world cup

Former Super Eagles player, Osaze Odemwingie has stated that late Stephen Keshi struggled with his health during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Keshi who led the Super Eagles to the tournament died in 2016 after a heart attack at his home in Edo State.

Recounting their time at the world cup, Odemwingie stated that Keshi was always out of breath and didn't look great during the tournament.

He told Super Eagles Media Team: "It's not to prove who is boss, who is not. It's national interest and I believe I brought some value to the team in Brazil, we put those differences aside,"

"And actually after that we were in touch, he'll give me a call out of the blue, he'll just call to say hello and say he heard about my injury and then checked on me when I had surgery."

"Of course it shocked me as well he passed away but you could see his health wasn't great even in Brazil. He was out of breath a lot, he needed to take breaks, he wasn't so much full of energy on the sidelines.

"Sometimes he stands up to pass some messages, he wasn't looking full of energy then, unfortunately.

"He's a legend in the country, he's done a great job, put any sentiment aside he got the job done and that's what counts a lot in sports."

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