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NFF In Dilemma Over Keshi’s Contract Extension: Is The Presidency To Blame?

NFF In Dilemma Over Keshi’s Contract Extension: Is The Presidency To Blame?

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has been in dilemma about making a pronouncement on Keshi since the Super Eagles crashed out of 2015 AFCON, ostensibly due to the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan influenced their decision to recall him after they initially ‘sacked’ the Big Boss.

Keshi’s contract as Super Eagles head coach came to an end after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer. The NFF were free to decide whether they wanted to retain Keshi’s services or not, but they wallowed in crises, till the current board controversially emerged.That was after the coach was asked to take charge of the team, on contract basis, in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers – without a substantive employment contract.

What do you make of the Presidential fiat in the Keshi situation? Was the President’s intervention a blessing in disguise or one which could derail Nigerian football?

A school of thought believe that national team coaches enjoying protection from the ‘powers above’ encourages insubordination from such coaches and could have dire consequences on how the Football Federations relate with their coaches who are supposed to be employees of the ‘Football House’. Do you agree? Would President Jonathan’s demand for Keshi’s stay ensure continuity and stability in the Super Eagles, and foster good work relationship with the Federation and players?

The crisis that rocked the NFF which almost caused a global ban on football for Nigeria by FIFA as a result of the incessant court cases that the NFF were involved in, was thankfully resolved by President Goodluck Jonathan who influenced the embattled Amaju Pinnick- led NFF board to recall Stephen Keshi.

What lessons do you feel could be learned from the Presidential ‘mediation’?

However before President Jonathan’s directive, Keshi had literally scored a point against Pinnick and his board when a factional President of the NFF, Chris Giwa, went public with his decision to recall the then ‘sacked’ Keshi as the FIFA-recognised NFF had opted to replace him with former Eagles coach, Shuaibu Amodu, on an interim basis.

It is on record that Amodu claimed that as the Technical Director, he advised the new NFF board against disengaging Keshi as Super Eagles coach. Amodu said then that he wasn’t keen on accepting the interim job as he believed it was important that Keshi completed the 2015 AFCON assignment. Amodu said he however accepted it later when it became obvious that the Pinnick led board was adamant on disengaging Keshi.

Amaju Pinnick has tried to launder his board’s soiled image in the whole Super Eagles job saga. He reportedly claimed that they recalled Keshi based on Amodu’s advise and recommendations, not on President Jonathan’s directive.

Curiously, the NFF has not said anything: whether they are extending Keshi’s contract or otherwise after failing to qualify the Super Eagles for the 2015 AFCON. The NFF is in some sort of crossroads. What do you think is the way out and forward for Amaju Pinnick and his board?

After winning the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, Keshi was on air in a South African radio station to announce his resignation from the Nigerian national team for what he perceived as lack of support and sabotage from his bosses. He reportedly flaunted interest in his services from some countries.

Is Keshi deliberately daring the NFF now just because President Jonathan influenced his recall? Is financial incentive possibly a reason for his stay put attitude now?

Samson Siasia was sacked for not leading the Super Eagles to the 2012 AFCON. Wouldn’t Keshi’s resignation in the aftermath of Nigeria’s 2015 AFCON failure been honourable? Conversely, Siasia has been appointed the new U23 national team where he has a chance to rebuild his reputation. Perhaps Keshi also wants to do same with the Super Eagles now. Do you agree?

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COMMENTS

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  • nwachinaeke 4 years ago

    The problems confronting us in Nigeria is lack of patience and lack of trust in ourselves.
    Even best couches Worldwide do not win all the time, Keshi has tried and we have assessed him and know where he is lacking, sacking him shall not be an optimal solution but to encourage him.
    I have said this before and wish to repeat it, Keshi needs technical training to sharpen him like Pep Gordiola and other reknown coaches.

    • SoccerInNigeria 4 years ago

      @nwachinaeke

      The issue with your comment is that Keshi does not want to accept he has made mistakes and that he needs to improve. That is the first step. You are wise enough to to see that Keshi needs technical training. The problem is that Keshi does not agree with you on that topic. Keshi has not yet accepted responsibility for the failure of the team. If a man cannot admit he has made a mistakes how can he correct those mistakes?

  • Stanlinks 4 years ago

    First, if we know the meaning of the words we use so freely, then we should have no special classes to tell us that the man with an expired contract has overtyed his welcome.

  • A wise man bow out when the ovation is the loudest. Pride goes before fall. Keshi delivered by chance in AFCON 2014 not as the best coach. He no longer has anything to offer technically( wrong/late substitutions, being petty with players, wrong choice of players, etc). The President should know by now that where ever he interfers in appointments its always badluck! Look at Abia state, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, etc as regards giving governors the power to choose who they want and not the people. Let him allow Nigerians decide on certain things. Thanks.

  • Benjamin 4 years ago

    keshi is a coach who has had a bad patch that coincides with the football association in shambles. My opinion is that Nigerians always rate an outsider far better than their own. Which dirty training, he has all his licenses. This coaches you cry for n value as world class coaches are actually no better than Keshi n Siasia n will fail woefully in our dirty NFF n beyond our pocket. Reality NFF should stick with Keshi till after elections next year. Am sure bringing a new coach will be an issue again, with Keshi you know what you are getting, pay him on time. He is a very good coach who called the bluff of players n introduced new faces to the national side. Not going to the nations cup was very painful for me to watch, the players especially the guy from Celtic was unbelievable. Having said that not going might be a blessing in disguise healthwise because CAF was wrong to go ahead I wish them the best. So leave Keshi for now. For now

  • Essexgod 4 years ago

    The house divided against itself, can’t stand the test of time!
    The bane of Nigeria’s football, isn’t SOK, but rather the administrators of Nigerian football.
    The non qualification of the Super Eagles, for the 2015 AFCON, where they were expected to defend the cup won in South Africa in 2013; is a direct reflection of the selfish, maladministration, corrupt and inept conduct |processes with which the team was engulfed in|with.
    Yet they expect the coach to perform miracles.
    For those of us, that know better, the setback, calamitous, as it was; was no surprise to us.
    Given the scenario, with which the NFF, entwined itself into prior to the kick off of the qualification matches.
    SOK, therefore, should be left alone to continue with the team.

  • my take on this subject is this. it is the best that aso rock intervene to reinstate Keshi. so give him a contract with the clause that the technical department and KESHI will work together for a better team. KESHI and his crew should be sent for a long refresher cause. so it is a good thing that we didn’t qualify for the AFCON as this will allow us to rearrange our self.

  • Henry Awojobi 4 years ago

    I don,t get it king died rest in peace and long live the new king. People may not agree with me, keshi has managed to use the old system and styles, which by any means is counter productive. Pls take a critical look at his invitation process, trust me Apkeyi is not even close to being one of the good goal keaper in the country, but they are all the same players and they are only 13 players. The rest were on experimental basis, no competition but for any positions hence the diminished returns in productivities. Most importantly Keshi is not a straight forward guy, his activities were engulfed with shaky deals and always like to have his ways all the time, he can’t do that in any civilised society.

  • Favour Uche favour 4 years ago

    Hello Nigerian’s please give Keshi a red card.am tried of watching super chicken. What is NFA waiting for.enough is enough.

  • zambia soccerman 4 years ago

    Just fire Keshi, we need him in Zambia. He is the only coach that can take Zambia to the world cup.

  • Toppal 4 years ago

    It’s awful to watch blatant display of double standard by members on this site. You want Keshi to remain after he disgraced Nigeria. Did you people not call for the head of Siasia when he failed to qualify Nigeria for nations cup. Now you want NFF to retain keshi after prosecuting the qualifiers from start to finish and failing. Any one of you calling for Keshi to be retained is very insincere and not being true to himself. Siasia did not start the qualifiers that he also failed to qualify Nigeria for but you all demanded that he be fired. Now that it is the turn of Keshi to be rightfully fired we must exercise patience. How on earth can you people prove that this is not double standard. Keshi told us that he was building a team and after ostracizing our best legs from the team he built a super eagles that is an eye sour- a team that is not different from super chicken. Yet you all want us to accept Keshi as the coach. Please, before you defend Keshi, can you tell me the progress he made with the team right from Confederations cup in Brazil till date. Results no dey lie o so, make una know wetin una dey takl.

  • raymond ezeala 4 years ago

    Who is Keshi in the world of football.He is just a football agent.The only thing I will promise Nigerians is that if they allow Keshi to continue coaching Super Eagles then they should be ready to witness the gradual conversion of Super Eagles team to a soccer academy for the sole purpose of facilitating his Football business.

  • Gabriel 4 years ago

    The way forward is to sack Keshi and bring in a capable hands that has the technical ability to handle the team. ..keshi is business man and a football agent who only care for his pocket. ..that’s why he refuse to trow in the towel …a wise man in position should have resigned for a long time…nigerians have not enjoyed good football since he had been building his never finished house. .we are still building the team. .that’s slogan. .even in 10 yrs to come. ..he will never finish building. ..let him go. We are tired of heart attack football. .God bless Nigeria

  • DAVID AFOLABI 4 years ago

    SIA1 DID NOT FAIL US BUT AUSTIN EGUAVOEN BCOS EGUAVOEN LOST TO GUINEA BEFORE SIA1 TOOK OVER AND WON ALL THE REST GAMES CONVINCINGLY WITH GOAL MARGIN WHILE HE DRAW ONLY ONE GAME AT HOME TO GUINEA WHILE GUINEA QUALIFY ON HEAD TO HEAD BASES BUT YET YOU ALL CALLED FOR HIS SACK. MEANWHILE KESHI LOST TO UNDERATED CONGO AT HOME AND EVEN WENT DOWN 2-0 AGAINST SA BEFORE GOD HELPED US OUT FROM DISGRACE AND YET WE ARE HERE TALKING ABOUT KESHI AGAIN.

    PLS LET KESHI GO BACK TO COACHING CAUSE AND LEARN SOME TACTICAL ASPECT OF THE GAME AND ALSO LEARN HOW TO MANAGE HUMAN ATTITUDE AND RELATIONS. SENTIMENT WILL ONLY LEAD US BACK AGAIN.

    KESHI HAS USED ALL THE LUCK HE HAS. FOR 3YRS NOW KESHI IS STILL BUILDING NO ONE CAN MENTION OUR FIRST 11 PLAYER NOT TO TALK FOF RESERVE BENCH BUT LOOK AT CAMEROON JUST AFTER THE WORLD CUP 5MONTH AGO LOOK AT THE TEAM THEY ARE ABLE TO BUILD IN THIS SHORT PERIOD, I THINK THIS AS SPOKEN MY MIND. STOP SENTIMENT, YOU PERFORM YOU STAY YOU FAIL THEN GET FIRED.

  • We nigerians are suffering from lack of patience and trust,we don’t believe in home made materials. Can someone please tell me vividly what was the cause of lars lagabag leaving I mean the actual reason? In this country we think our glory is with someone outside this country. Keshi not the problem here so let’s stop blaming our failure on him rather the nff needs total cleansing,the players also needs to be wiped out cos of there unpatriotic attitude. This is the right time for nigerians to test keshi’s abilitY, allow him that support and liberty to build a team for this nation if he fails that is when you can even banish him from this country, as it is we don’t have a team at all and keshi is not to blame.