Wednesday, November 27, 2013
NFF ‘ll not sack Keshi
allayed fears over the fate of Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi,
declaring that "Keshi will take the Eagles to the 2014 World Cup."
Speaking in Lagos Tuesday, soon after he was honoured with the 2013
Sports Administrator of the Year Award, Maigari wondered where stories
about the supposedly uncertain state of Keshi's employment were
"I don't know who is cooking up these stories. I think, with great
apologies to you guys in the media, these stories are coming from the
press because Keshi and I have not sat down to discuss anything like
He said, categorically, "There is no question about it. Keshi will
lead the Eagles to the World Cup as there is no plan to engage any
other coach. Keshi has not told me he needs an assistant or he needs
help. He is taking us to the World Cup because he is a very good
In a separate interview with a radio station in Lagos, chairman of the
NFF Technical Committee, Chris Green maintained that Stephen Keshi
will lead the country to Brazil 2014.
"Keshi has qualified us for the World Cup and that simply means Keshi
would take us to the World Cup.
"We are satisfied with the jobs and results Keshi has produced. And
for those insinuating for a foreign technical adviser or whatever they
call it, it would not affect coach Stephen Keshi because he remains
our head coach and he will lead the team to the World Cup."
Keshi himself started the controversy when he said that he would not
be shocked if they sacked him before the World Cup.
He was given the boot when he assisted Shuaibu Amodu to qualify
Nigeria for the 2002 World Cup.
He also was not in charge of Togo to the 2006 World Cup even after he
upset the form books to guide the little West African country to