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Babayaro: Keshi Is Confused

Babayaro: Keshi Is Confused

Atlanta 96 Olympic Gold medalist, Emmanuel Babayaro has reacted to Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi’s denial about his resignation from his role.

Keshi was widely reported to have resigned from his role after Nigeria’s loss to France in the round of 16 after a meeting with his players.

However, in a swift about turn, Keshi denied he has resigned yesterday saying he bid his players farewell because his contract will expire after the World cup and he hasn’t been offered a new one.

Babayaro, known for his fearless stand on issues, described his denial as that of a confused man.

“When I read about his denial, I felt disappointed because he failed to convince me he with his side of the story,” he told SL10. “To start with, he didn’t deny he wished his players bye, if he truly had hopes of continuing he won’t address his players so fast, at least he would have let the pain of crashing out subside a little and maybe hear from the NFF bigwigs before telling his players he might not continue like he claimed. To me, he is looking for attention and maybe he is at cross roads over whether to stay or leave, he appears confused a bit as he loves Nigeria and his job.”

The former Chlesea defender also urged the NFF hierarchy to address the issue of Keshi’s stay or departure with all urgency as the 2015 Africa Nations cup is around the corner.

“Our first qualifier for the Nations Cup in 2015 is less than two months away, so we should be concerned with players invitations and not who will handle the team? The NFF must move quickly, make a decision on his future to avoid panic when the qualifiers are close or begin.”

African champions, Nigeria are grouped with Sudan, South Africa and a team to be known after the third round of qualifiers is decided.

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 10
  • Justin 4 years ago

    EMMANUEL BABAYARO, THAT PEOPLE STILL LISTEN TO YOU IS BECAUSE OF YOUR YOUNGER BROTHER.
    YOU WERE AND ARE A COMPLETE FAILURE WHO STILL LIVES UNDER THE NAME BUILT BY YOUR YOUNGER BROTHER. FOOL!!!

    • Abiodun 4 years ago

      Justin, can you even read at all or you don’t understand English, from what Emmanuel said i don’t see anything that warrant all these insulting words. you better learn to respect another person.

  • Paul Iyowun Dipoko 4 years ago

    Babayaro you are too hasty to judge Keshi just like I did when I heard of his resignation, I tagged him a coward.

    I accept his explanation of bidding his players farewell since contract expires with the after the world cup.

    You and I know the tradition of unceremonious sacking of coaching by NFF. Keshi probably anticipated the glass house history of sacking coaching after a major tournament even where they delivered the good. If NFF allows Keshi to stay on as coach, they will be making history.

    Who handles the team is as important as players’ invitations if not more Important. I agree with you that the NFF should act fast and resolve dark cloud over the issue of the “Big Boss” if Nigeria will do well in the 2015 Nations Cup.

  • Dapsy 4 years ago

    Good talk Justin. There is a lot wrong with this story. Emmanuel Babayaro never “smelt” Chelsea’s dressing room in his life. Your story that he played as a defender is far-fetched as his younger brother – Celestine, is the one that played for Chelsea. Emmanuel has been riding on the coattails of Celestine anyways. He was an half-arsed goalkeeper with the under 23- his best achievement. He probable does not understand that when your contract is over, you can bid farewell to your players when you have not been offered a new one. Thats too simple for him to grab.

  • Bishop 4 years ago

    It’s annoying when papers like complete sports write articles with eye catching mistakes in them. The 6th paragraph or thereabouts says ‘The former Chelsea defender’……seriously, who are we talking about here.

  • Editor please note that Emmanuel Babayaro was a goalkeeper and never was a Chelsea Defender as stated above. Celestine was the former Chelsea defender.

  • AFOLABI DAVID 4 years ago

    WHY CAN`T SOME PEOPLE HAVE RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLE`S OPINION. INSTEAD RAINING INSULTS. I NOW REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT AN AVERAGE NIGERIA IN VERY RUDE AND INSULTIVE. CANT PEOPEL MAKE COMMENT WITHOUT INSULTING?

    NA WAO I BEG WE WE LEARN TO RESPECT OUR SELF AND BE CONTSRUCTIVE WHEN MAKING COMMENTS.

  • shege luzzy 4 years ago

    @Afolabi or whatever your name is.it is very obvious that you are not constructive in your thinking.You are boring a deeper hole by saying the average Nigerian is rude and insultive. you have not respected yourself neither have you respected anybody’s opinion.If i were to follow your description of an average Nigerian,i will humbly say you are a dunce because your ideas are like the dirty linens of a wayward harlot.Finally as a Nigerian you are far below average.I dare you to respond

    • Larry B 4 years ago

      @LUZZY that is too much now. The guy collect ur girl friend abi e pass this keshi issue? Abeg take am easy ,we are all naja’s.

  • Apart from typing in Cap Locks, i see nothing wrong or incorrect in @Afolabi’s statement. The average Nigerian is rude, insultive, self absorbed, mostly racist and also thinks he/she is better than everyone else. Thoughts which of course are ridiculous and border line stupid. @shege luzzys comment above is testament to this.

    Perhaps a bit more exposure could help lift Mr shege luzzy and most of the general Nigerian populace high enough to see and recognise common sense, show decorum, embrace true civilisation in thoughts, words and actions. The wider world out there collectively believes we lack these qualities and show this through thier disrespect of our nationals. Please learn.

    Babayaro is right in my opinion. Keshi mind is at a crossroads… he definitely doesnt know what he wants at this point,.The only thing thats clear is that he is open to offers as his contract will run out imminently. If he gets a job with a decent FA and a bigger salary than NFF offer him…he will be gone. If not…we shall see…..