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Keshi Wants Lawal Out Of Eagles

Keshi Wants Lawal Out Of Eagles

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi is not comfortable with Garba Lawal as team co-ordinator and wants him replaced.

A critic of Stephen Keshi handling of the Nigeria national team Garba Lawal was appointed team co-ordinator after Amaju Pinnick board sacked Keshi.

However, in a dramatic twist of fate Keshi was re-instated as manager of the Super Eagles leaving Garba Lawal with a task of working with the man he once said destroyed the Super Eagles.

“Keshi is not the type to hold a grudge but I can tell you he wants Garba Lawal out,” a source told SL10.ng

“He is not asking for Emmanuel Attah to be re-appointed just anybody, not Garba Lawal who devoted all of his time working against the Keshi.”

The source accepted that Lawal is entitled to his opinion, but went too far with his recent statement discrediting Keshi the head of the team he is expected to coordinate.

“It’s accepted he has a right to his opinion but his latest statement on a team he is to coordinate prove he is going to be an unwanted influence,” added the source.

“The team coordinator job is for someone who believes in the team not one of a divisive opinion.”

Lawal was credited as saying he doesn’t care about Keshi returning as Coach and said he has no regret leading calls for his sack earlier.

SL10.ng also heard scoop about moves to reconcile both men by a top official in the Nigeria Football circle instrumental to the appointment of Garba Lawal as Super Eagles coordinator.

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  • chuks 4 years ago

    Not only Lawal, people like Victor Ikpeba should be chased out of our football.

  • Good decision coach. Garba Lawal was one of Aminu Maigeri spies and attack dogs. He is a spoiler looking to do the bidding of his masters at the NFF. The plan is to set Garba Lawal on Keshi to be spying on him and reporting to that Panic NFF fake president. They will then divide the team and make sure they fail. But they are dealing with a coach who knows his worth and can call their bluff. Garba, Ikpeba and Jonathan Akpoborie are just some of the useless ex-footballers they are using.

  • Stanslink 4 years ago

    @Oga,
    Some of you guys give Keshi too much credit. Keshi can call whose bluff? The man Keshi was just saved temporarily from being jobless. The over six countries that hired him on the pages of newspapers would not even accept him (Ethiopia inclusive).

    If the President can be openly criticized, then who is Keshi that is above criticism. Keep in mind, Lawal is not only criticizing Keshi, but also all the players for their nonchalant attitude on the field of play. And Lawal was not among the placards carrying football fans protesting that “Keshi Must Go”. Instead of him to focus on the matches ahead, he has started again by pointing fingers and starting distractions. If he fails this time, he cannot say he was not given a second chance. He will have himself to blame, not Lawal, not the players and certainly not the NFF crises.

  • SoccerInNigeria 4 years ago

    @oga and @Chuks your attitude and comments are a danger to Nigerian football. Lawal and Ikpeba had very respectable careers in Europe. Ikpeaba’s career was actually much more success than that of Keshi. These two men are very knowledgeable about the game and are entitled to criticize or analyze the performance of any Nigerian coach.

    While it is not necessarily a bad thing to have Keshi oversee the final 2 games of the Afcon qualifier, it seems that Keshi turns against anybody who criticizes his decisions or his recent poor results and performances. It is common knowledge that Keshi made many many questionable decisions particlularly within the last 10 months. Keshi also verbally attacked Okocha becoz Okacha critisized Nigeria’s performance against Iran.

    What you guys are suggesting is what causes dictator leaders around the world to thrive. You guys are essentially saying that very knowledgable and experinced men of football cannot critisize or analyze the Nigerian game or the Nigerian Coach. When a man is not critisized it is to his detriment.

    Gary Lineker strongly critizised Mclaren when he was England coach. Linekar also critisized the tactics of Roy Hodson during the world cup. It is very normal around the world to critisize a coach.

  • Naijaking 4 years ago

    5 November 2014Last updated at 16:07 GMT

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    Bordeaux coach Sagnol under fire over ‘African players’ remarksBy Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport

    Bordeaux coach Willy Sagnol has come under severe criticism in France after he told a local newspaper that African players are ‘powerful’ but lack intelligence and discipline.

    In an interview with local newspaper Sud Ouest, Sagnol said: “The advantage of what I would call the typical African player is that they are cheap, ready to fight, always what you would call powerful on the pitch. But football is not just about that, it is about technique, intelligence, discipline, so you need everything.”

    French club Bordeaux has backed Sagnol, despite an outburst which has shocked anti-racism groups and his former France international teammate Lilian Thuram.

    Thuram said: “It is damaging that someone can hint that ‘the African players ‘ lack this or that quality.”

    “It’s uninhibited anti-black racism,” SOS Racisme said in a statement, asking that “the LFP (French League), FFF (French Federation) and the Sports ministry take immediate sanctions.”

    Sagnol, who took over as coach of Bordeaux in the summer, also ruled out signing African players for the club by citing the African Cup of Nations as a big disadvantage in the same interview.

    “As long as I remain coach of Bordeaux there will be far fewer African players coming to Girondins de Bordeaux, because I don’t fancy seeing 12 players clearing off for two months every two years.”

    The International League against Racism and Anti-Semitism (LICRA) said in a statement: “These abject theories are those that during the course of History have led to some kind of men and women having their humanity denied.”

    But Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud has hit back at those condemning the club coach and insists the interpretation of Sagnol’s remarks were ‘malicious ‘.

    He told Europe 1: “Willy Sagnol is anything but racist. The interpretation of his words is completely wrong. He is straight-talking and a man of action.”

    Jean-Louis Triaud also made efforts to clarify what his coach meant when he questioned the intelligence of African footballers.

    “African players arrive in France at a very young age. They obviously work hard physically but they lack a tactical level, tactical intelligence.

    “We are not talking about the IQ of these players, but intelligence of the game. It has absolutely nothing to do with their IQ or ability as athletes.”

    The LFP (French League), FFF (French Federation) or the Sports ministry have not opened an official investigation into the ‘African players’ remarks.

    Meanwhile, Italian football federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has been barred from holding any position with world governing body Fifa for six months over an alleged racist comment he made in July.

    Uefa banned Tavecchio for six months on October 7 after he caused controversy during his election campaign in July by referring to “eating bananas” when discussing the influx of foreign players in Italian football.

    And that ban from official activity in Europe has been made worldwide by the world governing body.

    “The case relates to racist comments made by Mr Tavecchio during his FIGC presidential election campaign,” the world body’s disciplinary committee said in announcing the extra punishment for the 71-year-old Tavecchio.

    “FIFA’s stance against any form of discrimination is unequivocal.”

  • mallam iliya's passport 4 years ago

    A coach has the right to pick his backroom staff. If a coach feels uncomfortable with a member of his staff, he has the right to complain. @soccerinnigeria: keshi opened the door for the likes of ikpeba to move to Europe. besides, I doubt ikpeba who does not know hoe to openly express himself has the right to criticize a coach.

  • Marsh 4 years ago

    @SoccerInNigeria, who told you that Ikpeba is more knowledgeable than Keshi in this game of football. This same Ikpeba criticized Keshi during the Nation and finally he won the cup and the next thing he said was luck. Please don’t compare Ikpeba to Keshi again, is it because he won African best? do you know the politics the NFA played to take out Okocha’s name even CAF needed JAY JAY to be African best that year. I don’t want you to come here to support any comment against Keshi. Ikpeba played Monaco and we no go hear word self, he went to Dortmond and he could get regular shirt and he started criticizing & insulting Mathias Sammer. Keshi captained Anderletch, Molenbeek both in Belgium, Captain Strassboug in France. He was in Europe before Ikpeba.

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    My advice to Keshi and his fans, you people should use your time now before it’s too late. Just because Lawal and Ikpeba are saying d truth, they are now bad men? Even, if Keshi qualify Eagles to Morocco 2015, we don’t wan’t his service anymore because his tactics is terribly bad. Mr. President should please keep backing up, one day, the truth will be known. For example, where is Keshi till I die now on my own? What about Kola US and co? It’s now clear that Keshi is not deserved to be considered for the job. God bless Nigeria!

  • Daybor 4 years ago

    The same Keshi that Jonathan imposed on NFF is asking someone to leave. This Keshi guy is damn too arrogant and vindictive. He should just resign right away if he cannot tolerate others while he expects NFF to tolerate him. What goes around comes around. What Garba tole him was nothing but the truth but he doesnt like correction and pride simply comes before a fall. If he has any sense of decency he would not have even accepted to coach SE anymore. He should just resign and accept an offer from one of those six countries begging him to coach their team. Errant Nonsense!