Keshi exits Nigerian football

Majority of Nigerians finally got their wishes late on Wednesday night as the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation ratified the exit of Stephen Keshi from his role as head coach of the national team.

The Super Eagles have struggled since their second round showing at the World Cup and their qualification hopes were in tatters until the 3-1 win against Sudan in Abuja.

After the game there was a meeting of the NFF Executive Committee and one of their major decisions was to let go of Stephen Keshi.

According to a communique made available after the meeting, the Committee, unanimously, praised the excellent contributions of the technical crew of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles, led by Stephen Keshi, to the glorious accomplishments of the team in the past three years, and hailed Keshi, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorounmu as true national heroes.

“However, in the interest of Nigeria football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Committee decided to relieve them of their duties with immediate effect.”

The contributions to the Nigeria game were also recognized by the committee who approved that the trio of Keshi, Amokachi and Shorounmu should proceed to any coaching course of their choice in any country of their choice to build their capacity, at the expense of the NFF.

All their entitlements will be paid within the next fortnight.

Stephen Keshi took over the reigns as Super Eagles coach when the team, handled by Samson Siasia failed to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012.

Building a new team as he promised, he qualified the team for the AFCON of 2013 and against all odds went on to win it.

He was also at the FIFA Confederation Cup where the Eagles lost to Spain and Uruguay but beat Tahiti.

At the World Cup in Brazil, the Eagles only managed a win over Bosnia but lost to Argentina and France while they drew against Iran.

Keshi;s time with the national team was fraught controversies as it seemed he could never get it right with player invitation and team tactics.

He was severally accused of being arrogant and not having the capacity to drop certain players who seemingly did not give their all while playing for the Super Eagles.

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