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NFF may ditch Keshi for foreign coach




There are feelers that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may not hand immediate past Super Eagles’ coach, Stephen Keshi, a new contract, reports SL10ng.

The website reports that the executive members of the NFF are divided over the decision of the Technical Committee to put the long term future of the Super Eagles in the hands of the 2013 African Cup of Nations winning coach, as some of them believe a foreign coach should head the team.

The recent struggles of the Super Eagles in friendly matches against Uganda and South Africa reportedly made some of the NFF executive members to have a rethink on the abilities of local coaches.

However, there are moves by some well-connected members of the NFF to have the former Mali coach back as Eagles’ gaffer. The NFF said last week that it would not make an announcement on the fate of Keshi despite confirming a new deal has been approved.

“Keshi’s contract has been approved by the NFF board, I can confirm that to Nigerians,” NFF president, Amaju Pinnick said.  “All that is left now is for him to sign it.  As we speak Keshi has not put pen to paper” According to source in the NFF, Keshi’s new deal is yet to be completed as the federation claims distractions due to the country’s presidential election vote counting.

“He was supposed to be given the approved deal on Friday but the NFF officials were nowhere around as they all travel to their various states to vote,” a source said. “However as of Monday the tune changed as they claim, out of respect for the counting of the Nigeria presidential elections, all talks should be on hold.”

The elections results are still in the process of being counted and some analysts are speculating that, if the ruling party loses, Keshi might not get a new deal. Keshi has been in charge of the Super Eagles since 2011 but despite winning the AFCON in 2013 some have been calling for his dismissal. Many Nigerians want him out due to the poor results as of late.

The calls for his sacking reached a climax when Nigeria failed to qualify for last year’s AFCON. Keshi has reportedly resigned from his post two times in the past and at one point he was sacked by the NFF board, only to be reinstated weeks later.

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  • chi dan

    Give Coach Malu Garba of flying eagles a chance to coach the super eagles and we will get results

    • Ojiyovwi

      Hear! Hear!! Hear!!! Remember you can only cook ‘ukodo’ with the correct and right ingredients.

      • Jusu

        As it is now I dont think Super Eagles can defeat the current Flying Eagles

    • chi dan

      Coach Manu Garba for Super Eagles

  • Ojiyovwi

    Thought uncle Tom died year ago. It seems we still have some big-lipped, tennis-ball eyed, fat arses and clasped hands in begging the Whiteman persists. Grow up you f**’n cretins. We have enough excellent Nigerian footballers to compose a team of coaches (goal keeping, winged defending, mid-field play holding and attack, forward movement en-block and finishing. Who the f**k need a ‘foreign coach? You f**’n idiots. Look at the recently completed elections. Did Jega go for foreigner to come to our help? Don’t you lot at the NFF just annoy me and others like me. If I had the opportunity, I’ll sack the lot of you! Ask yourselves how many foreign managers are in Argentina or Brazil? If your rationale is to have our players to get the opportunity to play abroad, organise international friendlies and establish inter-club co-operations and tournaments. There are already ample opportunities for young up and coming players to be seen through the FIFA tournaments. Stop being such idiots.