Keshi’s Most Googled Sports Person

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-IK Uche Second, Uzoenyi Third
Another angle has been added to the aura and followership generated by Super Eagles incumbent head coach,  Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, as latest statistics have revealed that he is the Nigerian sports star with the largest hits on globally renowned internet search website, Google.
While Keshi is listed number one among Nigerian sports stars that are followed across the world on Google, the player with whom the coach had a long falling out for the better part of the outgoing year, Villarreal of Spain striker, Ikechukwu Uche is rated number two.
Third place on the Google followership for Nigeriuan sports stars is Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa winger, Chrisantus Ejike Uzoenyi, whose exploits in 2014 included a most valuable player award at the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in the same country he now plies his trade, as well as a last minute inclusion in the Nigerian World Cup squad due to an injury copped by Elderson Uwa Echiejile.
However, the biggest spotlight is on the gaffer that is most times called ‘Big Boss,’ whose name flooded all major tabloids in the country in the year, though many critics have since been calling for his removal, since his failure to qualify the Eagles to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
That clamour, though, has boosted the internet buzz for Keshi, who has shown how contentious he is in the country by topping the list of most searched sports people for the year ending, according to “Google.’’
Since he first resigned following his historic capture of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa, Keshi has become a spiky issue and a renowned name in Nigeria.
At once he is the best thing to have happened to Nigerian football since Clemens Westerhof, at other times he becomes the most criticized man on the continent.
However, inability to manage properly the team’s strength due to his limited technical know-how (cue the fact that Keshi made the least number of substitutions among all the coaches) and his controversial choice of players to the World Cup among many others, hampered the success of the side as it failed to once again shatter the Round of 16 glass ceiling in Brasilia.
The full list of Google’s 2014 most searched Nigerian sports personalities has: 1. Stephen Keshi, 2. Ikechukwu Uche, 3. Ejike Uzoenyi, 4. Musa Yahaya, 5. Umar Zango, 6. Vincent Enyeama, 7. Blessing Okagbare, 8. Daniel Amokachi, 9. Rabiu Ali, 10. Sone Aluko.