NFF shops for Keshi’s replacement

Stephen Keshi

Stephen Keshi

There are very strong
indications that
Stephen Keshi will not
continue as the Super
Eagles coach, on
interim or permanent
basis, after the match
against Sudan in Abuja on Wednesday.

There are three factors have contributed largely to his continued
stay as the Nigeria coach despite the humiliating 1-0 loss to
Sudan on Saturday.

The decision by the president of the Nigeria Football
Federation, Amaju Pinnick, to hold far reaching discussions
with his members; the need to also brief higher authorities
and the search for a quality replacement have combined to
keep Keshi on the driving seat going into the reverse match
against Sudan billed for Wednesday. Our correspondent
learnt on Monday that Keshi could be asked to step aside
after the Wednesday match.

A member of the NFF board said that a meeting of the Federation had been
fixed for 8pm on Tuesday and that the meeting billed for

Abuja will take the decision on the way forward with the
national team.

He said, “You know that the decision to ask Keshi to go or
continue is a major one that can’t be taken by just a few
persons. The board is meeting on Tuesday and I know that
all the questions will be answered by that meeting.”

Another person with deep knowledge of the happenings at
the Federation told our reporter that the search for a good
manager is also slowing down decision.

“The search is on for a replacement. What has been the
challenge is the closeness of the matches to each other but I
guess that will be taken care of very soon with a bold
manager to take the challenge.”

A former Sunshine Stars goalkeeper coach, Segun Oguns told
SuperSport Keshi should be dropped instantly.

Oguns said another coach other than Keshi could
comfortably qualify Nigeria for the biennial event in
Morocco by going ahead to win Sudan on Wednesday as well
as the other two games against South Africa and Congo.

“I think it’ll be a dashed hope for Maroc 2015 AFCON if
Stephen Keshi would still take charge of the game against
Sudan on Wednesday as well as the other two games
involving South Africa and Congo.

“I strongly believe with a new coach on the saddle we can
win Sudan but not with Keshi still in charge.

“With Keshi still taking charge then we must prepare our
minds for another uneventful game against Sudan as his
penchant for going around picking new players has failed to
lift the team.

“Eagles under Keshi made the likes of Congo and Sudan
become superstars, countries that ordinarily couldn’t
withstand the onslaught of our domestic teams.”

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