Abuja - Tributes were paid on Wednesday to former Nigeria player and coach Stephen Keshi, who died of a suspected heart attack.
"This is devastating. We have lost a superhero."
- Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)
"The football family has lost a great member."
- Fatma Samoura, FIFA secretary-general
"A great man and a noble spirit... a shining example of dedication to football and to footballers."
- Ghana Football Federation president Kwesi Nyantakyi
"News of #StephenKeshi's death is shocking! It's a very sad day for #African soccer. #Keshi was a shining star, as player & manager."
- African Union head Dlamini Zuma
"Horrible news & Sad day as Our legendary Captain & brother Stephen Keshi dies. May his blessed soul rest in peace. We lost an iconic Hero 2day."
- Keshi's Nigeria team-mate and former coach Sunday Oliseh
"Keshi was such an admirable and dedicated man who did Nigeria proud with his talent in the game of football."
- Nigeria's former vice-president Atiku Abubakar