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Keshi: ‘I Can’t Say No To President Jonathan

Keshi: ‘I Can’t Say No To President Jonathan

–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.

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 8
  • Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm……
    Yes or no….. I hope it’s just for the remaining matches…..

  • Celebrating mediocrity…….. There is God oooo…….

  • Stanslink 4 years ago

    Keshi is better off as the political spokes person on sports and footballing matters for the presidency, ( if that position doesn’t already exists, then make it exist…this is Nigeria). He needs a job badly, it doesn’t matter if it is not a coaching job. He will accept any job related to sports that brings in good money. This is the best way to appease him, since he has refused to take training courses to improve himself on coaching.

    If we are truly in democratic times, then Nigerians are saying “NO WAY”. We can’t be going to war with Machetes at this time, leaving behind our best warriors.

  • Stanslink 4 years ago

    For his own safety, the presidency MUST add helmet as part of his kits or the security would work overtime against the furious football fans. Prevention is better than medicine management. The helmet may be the answer.

  • Stanslink 4 years ago

    I can’t say no, I can’t say yes. Well, let me think about it…..but I can’t really say no to the president.

    Now, you are as confused as you have always been on the field, allowing only the players take the initiative; but taking the praise if it works out. And exonerating yourself if it doesn’t.

  • Yes oooo, @ Stanslink….I’m surprised die hard blind supporters like Game 147 and KolaUS are not here celebrating this stupidity laced with mediocrity.
    They call him the Big Boss because he was the Head of the Mafia Group in the then Super Eagles. He still carries that aura up to this moment with his scheming and manipulations and yet he is empty barrel in technical acumen. Those who worship him call him the Big Boss. I call him the ”BIG JOKE”

  • SoccerInNigeria 4 years ago

    The Invitation List is out. Ike Uche is on the list. Will that be enough to save Nigeria, maybe, but probably not. The question i have to ask is who will supply the ball to the strikers. Emenike is is not a bad striker the problem we are having is the poor supply of service. Nigeria’s big problem is the link between midfield and attack.

    I support Nigeria 100% whoever is in charge, but even a blind man can see the the plot for Nigerian football. Nigeria will most likely get a draw in Congo. Which will mean Nigeria fails to qualify for AFCON 2015, other African Countries will start to call Nigeria Super chickens again, Nigerian fans will protest during game vs South Africa in Uyo shouting and insisting Keshi must GO. Nigeria will beat South Africa in Uyo to no avail. Then people like @Saint Palmer, Taribo West, Danagogo and Chris Giwa will somehow try to convince Nigerians that it is right for Keshi to be given a long term contract to build the team.

    This is the drama that is going to unfold over the next few weeks. The question at the time will be will Nigerians allow Keshi to be imposed on them by was is now turning out to be a Football Cabal? A cabalocracy, Nigerian football is now football of the cabals, by the cabals, and for the cabals.

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    @Stanslink, well said. Infact I’m still laughing about your comments. What else can I say? It looks like our president has nothing to do at the office. If not what concerned Mr. President With Keshi, aka the business man? My people, What can we do for these wicked people. The list is out now still, this ego man did not called our best players. The list is not the best Keshi can get but let’s wait and see, the time will tell. Even, if we qualify for Afcon 2015, I’m tired of Keshi’s patterns. We needed total football in this Country. Manu Garba and Olishe are the right men for the job. No white coach. God bless Nigeria!