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Cleric lauds Keshi’s sack, kicks against foreign coach




A clergy and sports enthusiast, Apostle Tommy Aika, on Tuesday lauded Stephen Keshi’s sack as Super Eagles’ coach, saying he has lost the “grace of God” to take the national team to enviable heights. But he urged the Nigerian football Federation (NFF) to source his replacement from among the country’s other coaches rather than looking for expatriates as being touted in some quarters.

His call comes on the heels of an advise to the NFF by former Katsina State Director of Sports, Alhaji Aliyu Muhammad Kofar Soro, who urged the body to ensure it has the money to pay any coach that would take over the Super Eagles.

In a chat with The Guardian, Aika also lambasted some current and past officials of the NFF for allegedly pledging to support his ministry, adding, “he (Keshi) was just after money and not the country. We were praying for him but he did not appreciate Nigeria and Nigerians and what people like us were doing. He lost the Grace of God

“But I will also advise the NFF to replace him with a local coach who should be appointed on merit and not sentiment.”

Aika accused former Chairman of the then Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Dominic Oneya, former NFF Secretary General, Taiwo Ogunjobi, then chairman Presidential Task Force on the qualification for2010 World Cup, Rotimi Amaechi for breaching the agreement he had with them.

While advising the NFF to ensure it had the resources to pay any new coach for the Eagles, Kofar Soro, said the federation should get a new manager for the team to execute Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations qualifiers and other competitions.

He also advised the NFF to, as a matter of urgency, settle all Keshi’s outstanding entitlements to avoid distractions that could affect the country negatively.

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