Real Reasons Stephen Keshi Resigned as Super Eagles Coach
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi yesterday confirmed the story of his resignation which we initially reported few minutes after the Super Eagles clinched the title for the 2013 edition of the African Cup of Nations after beating Burkina Faso by a lone goal in South Africa.
Keshi whose reason to quit the Super Eagles job boils down to the way the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF headed by Aminu Maigari treated him and as a matter of fact refused to give him all his entitlements as contained in his job offer agreements told SABC in South Africa, “I gave the national football federation my letter of resignation immediately after the final, but I have not heard from them,”
Our findings revealed that the NFF has refused to give Keshi promised accommodation in Abuja while the official car promised him has also not been given him one and a half years after his engagement as the Head Coach of the national team. The last straw gathered was the fact that the Federation has not paid Keshi his due salary for six months running.
Further findings indicates that the NFF had concluded plans to sack Coach Stephen Keshi while still prosecuting the matches in South Africa, a development that was confirmed by the NFF President, Alhaji Aminu Maigari in an interview with Brilla FM on Monday. “We contemplated sacking Keshi, but we decided to wait until the end of AFCON tournament,” Maigari told the sport radio station.
Another incidence that seems to have got the coach furious was when he discovered that Nigerian officials had booked a flight home for the squad immediately after the quarter-final against title favorites Ivory Coast.
He viewed this action as a lack of confidence in his ability to plot the downfall of a star-stacked Ivorian side skippered by African football legend Didier Drogba.
Keshi dropped hints last week of his unhappiness with Nigerian football officials in Durban before the semi-final drubbing of Mali, telling a media conference he would “pack his bags and leave” if unwanted. “If, back home, they do not like what I am doing, well, you cannot force someone to like you,”
Nigeria deservedly won the match 2-1 with their younger, hungrier mix of local and foreign-based stars running the ageing Elephants ragged and Mba snatched a late match-winner.
Keshi spoke highly of Mali last week, saying he would not mind returning to a country he coached at the 2010 Cup of Nations in Angola only to be fired after a first-round elimination.
“It is a place that I love, Malians are wonderful people. Should the chance arise, I will go back there,” said the 51-year-old who also had two spells with Togo before replacing sacked Samson Siasia as Nigeria coach two years ago.
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