–The Big Boss returns as Eagles coach
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Stephen Keshi is all but set for a surprise return as coach of the Super Eagles following President Goodluck Jonathan’s reported order that he should be reinstated.
Keshi was sacked in mid-October after the team won just twice during his last 11 matches in charge.
Despite leading the side to the knockout stages of the 2014 World Cup, poor form and public spats with important players such as Emmanuel Emenike, Peter Odemwingie and Ikechukwu Uche saw Keshi fall heavily out of favour.
Keshi’s recall was reportedly finalised Wednesday night after Jonathan met new NFF president, Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa, who briefly led the NFF in August, at the presidential villa in the capital, Abuja.
Meanwhile, Keshi has said he will be ready to return as Super Eagles coach if indeed the order came from President Jonathan.
Speaking with the media after inspecting the Abuja National Stadium pitch and emerging from a closed day meeting with the Minister of Sports,Dr Tammy Danagogo, Keshi said that he was yet to be told of his recall but that it if it is true, he would consider the offer.
“I have not been informed of my reinstatement. If it is true I will think about it before accepting the job again for the sake and love I have for my country. If truly president Jonathan has intervened and I am going to be allowed to continue with the job, who am I to refuse. I am grateful to him for believing in me even when no one else did.’
“Let me think about that, I don’t know yet. The President of the country is the father of the nation so it’s difficult to turn him down but I don’t know.
“I don’t know whether to say yes or no now, but I still have to think about it,” Keshi said.
The 52-year old also added that the team needs peace to concentrate on the next games.
“We all want peace in this country and we all want peace for the team and that is very crucial for the players. They need to have a settled mind to play for Nigeria without the usual quarreling and fighting but let me think.
“I think I should have the opportunity to think for myself and then decide if yes or no,” he added.