Contrary to reports in the local media (not Complete Sports) that Equatorial Guinea snubbed out-of-contract Super Eagles boss,Stephen Keshi in their search for a manager to lead the National Nzalang at the 2015 AFCON,it has been revealed that the Big Boss opted out of the job when it was offered to him.
Equatorial Guinea failed to renew the contract of its erstwhile coach,Spanish Andoni Goicoetxea when it expired last December and started a discussion with Keshi on the possibility of taking over the team.
“I went to Malabo last December to discuss a two-year contract taking effect after the AFCON.The federation contacted me a few days ago to see if I was interested in the job after Goicoetxea’s contract was not renewed but I declined the offer,’’Keshi told Jeune Afrique, saying ten days before the first match of the 2015 AFCON (January 17 against Congo) is too short.
“I do not know the team or the players,” he was quoted as further saying.
Keshi admitted the financial offer made by Equatorial Guinea “was interesting” but rejected the offer because of the risk factor inherent.
Asked if he was afraid of damaging his reputation if he fails to lead the National Nzalang to a respectable finish at the AFCON,Keshi acknowledged that played a major part in his decision to say no.
“Of course I thought about it … To prepare for CAN, it takes at least a month.”
Equatorial Guinea has thus turned to Argentine Esteban Becker who headed the women’s team since 2012 to manage the team for the AFCON.