Cape Town - Football agent Tim Sukazi has denied that Stephen Keshi was on the verge of joining Orlando Pirates before his untimely death.
Keshi passed away suddenly in the early hours of Wednesday morning after reportedly suffering a cardiac arrest in Nigeria.
The 54 year-old was only the second person to win the Africa Cup of Nations as both a player and coach.
The Super Eagles legend had last month joined local management agency Quality Talent Sports, which is owned by Sukazi.
"Before I left for Monaco on business last Thursday I made it clear that the Pirates rumours‚ which were I think speculated by the Nigerian media‚ were untrue. It was far from the truth‚" Sukazi told The Sowetan.
"Now‚ if you asked me if I thought Stephen would have been interested in coaching Orlando Pirates then my answer would have been: 'Yes of course'.
"Pirates was a club which would have suited his profile. But we all know Pirates had not come out to say they had a vacancy.
"I think it would have been unfair to the current Pirates coach to initiate things like these. And Stephen also realised that."