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NFF replace Keshi with Amodu, appoint Siasia new U-23 boss

NFF replace Keshi with Amodu, appoint Siasia new U-23 boss

The Nigeria Football Federation have relieved Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi and his assistants Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu of their duties following Nigeria’s unimpressive run in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Eagles are third in the Group A of the AFCON 2015 qualification table with just four points after three games. The African champions lost to Congo and Sudan and managed to hold South Africa to a barren draw.

The Executive Committee of the NFF rose from its meeting which started late on Wednesday, immediately after the 3-1 win over Sudan, and ended early hours of Thursday morning and opted to remove Keshi and appoint Shuaibu Amodu as the interim coach of the national team.

The one-time BCC Lions coach who qualified Nigeria to its second World Cup appearance in 2002 and took the team to that year’s African Cup of Nations finals in Mali will be assisted by Salisu Yususf, Gbenga Ogunbote and goalkeeper trainerAlloy Agu. The trio will be in charge of the national team pending the appointment of a foreign manager on a permanent basis.

Keshi, Amokachi and Shorounmu will however proceed on a coaching course at the expense of the Nigeria Football Federation. Their entitlements, according to the NFF, will be paid within the next two weeks.

The team’s Secretary, Dayo Enebi, however retained his job.

The NFF also confirmed the appointment of former Eagles coach, Samson Siasia, as the new coach of the country’s U-23 national team. Siasia will be assisted by Fatai Amoo, while the Technical and Development will recommend the other members of the crew.

The NFF’s communiqué, signed by Suleiman Kwande, after the meeting held in Abuja at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel is as follows:

1) The Committee, unanimously, praised the excellent contributions of the technical crew of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles, led by Mr. Stephen Keshi, to the glorious accomplishments of the team in the past three years, and hailed Keshi, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorounmu as true national heroes. However, in the interest of Nigeria football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Committee decided to relieve them of their duties with immediate effect.

2) In recognition of their contributions to the Nigeria game, the Executive Committee also approved that the trio of Keshi, Amokachi and Shorounmu should proceed to any coaching course of their choice in any country of their choice to build their capacity, at the expense of the NFF. All their entitlements will be paid within the next fortnight.

3) Committee also, unanimously, approved the appointment of a consortium of coaches to lead the Super Eagles for ONLY the two concluding matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series (against Congo in Brazzaville and against South Africa in Uyo), after which an expatriate Coach will be appointed. The consortium, led by Amodu Shaibu, also has Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Aloysius Agu. The team also has a new Coordinator in former international Garba Lawal, while Toyin Ibitoye is the new Media Officer and Godfirst Chike is the new Equipment Manager. Team Secretary, Enebi Achor, is retained.

4) The Committee also appointed Mr. Samson Siasia as the new Head Coach of the U-23 Men’s Team. He will be assisted by Fatai Amoo, while the Technical and Development will recommend the other members of the crew.

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 26
  • If this story is true which I doubt then I think our problem is not the dumb coach everybody is complaining of but that we also have the dumbest people at the aim sporting affairs. So for what reason would you say you’ve sacked him?

    Now you want to sack a coach at the middle of his assignment, it is just-like saying you want to score a child at the middle of an academic session. Hope they have not forgotten that this same coach struggled to win his third game at the Nations cup and he later became the Africa champion.

    Only a dumb coach will score and starting promotion in the middle of the term.

  • Idume Kingsley 4 years ago

    Which way Nigeria? From fry pan to fire. I wish them luck if Amodu is going to serve as the Messiah that we seek, if not, farewell to AFCON 2015. Let us always make the right decision and not being in a hurry to make changes we may regret later, NFF be warned.

  • Mohamed 4 years ago

    YOU HAVE FINALLY KILL NIGERIA FOOTBALL ??

    OKOCHA SAID IT THAT FOOTBALL IS DEAD IN NIGERIA

    WHICH COACH IS BETTER THAN KESHI AND SAISIA NOW IN NIGERIA

    NIGERIA WILL NEVER PROGRESS

    DO U THINK THAT THOSE SELLING TOMOTOES AND RICE CAN MANAGE FOOTBALL HOUSE
    LET THOSE BOYS BRING MORE SHAME TO THE COUNTRIES FOOTBALL SO THAT NFF WILL KNOW THERE MISTAKE BY REMOVING KESHI AND CO
    THE WORST MISTAKE
    NFF IS LOOKING FOR COACH THAT WILL BE SHARING HIS MONEY WITH THEM SHAME OF YOU NIGERIA USELESS COUNTRY

  • Mohamed 4 years ago

    AMAOUD I WILL DO NOTHING IN NIGERIA FOOTBALL AGAIN IN FACT ALL THE WHOLE PLAYER JUST BOYCUT SUPER EAGLE SO THAT THOSE NFF WILL COME AND PLAY FOR NIGERIA

  • Joshua Ajayi 4 years ago

    I hope this story will not be true. If it is, best of luck to Nigeria.

    To me, the new NFF president is embarking on a suicidal mission because even if Amodu qualified us for the Nations Cup with the remaining two matches, he can perform to the level of the Big Boss at the competition proper.

    All through Amodu’s reign as the National Team’s gaffer, he never played attractive football and we all prayed tirelessly for his removal before he was eventually removed.

    Let us all come together and say no to Amodu because this will translate to backwardness for our football. If Keshi is to be removed, a more sound coach should should replace him and not a coach in the caliber of Amodu.

    God Bless Nigeria.

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    Well done NFF. My people, cool down this is the right decisions from NFF but my concern is, they said Shuaib is interim coach which is ok to rescue the from Keshi’s trouble that he has caused the team. But I’m pretty sure that From interim coach to our new coach. Hmm, interesting. We don’t like Keshi and Shuaib style while we don’t need a foreign coach, Nigerians are smarter than you NFF, they just want to make more money base on foreign coach. For Keshi, he tried his best but his attitude ruined his work. Next time, he will learn how to be humbled. For Keshi United, where are you all? Kola us and co lol.Anyways, hopefully we can qualify because Keshi have spoiled everything now. God bless Nigeria!

  • Oluwadare Hassan 4 years ago

    I am totally speechless. Keshi shot himself in the leg by his attitude towards certain players and for some reasons,he never blamed himself for the teams failures. Amodu on interim? Hmmmm,na wa o. The issue with foreign coach is that the NFF would end up hiring an absolutely unknown element,to come and make money,fail some more and then also leave. But then again,is this story true?

    • GABRIEL GADDIN 4 years ago

      you forgot to add his high level of arrogance and empty pride coupled with his high level of greed and dishonesty as part of his demise. Keshi told too many lies on IK Uche. How can you entrust the nation to some who is dishonest?

  • obi cheebyke 4 years ago

    according to d story,Amodu was only appointed as the interim coach and not permanent.and i think its a good development inorder to avoid sentiments in inviting d best players for the remaining 2 qualifiers and which after an experienced foreign coach will take over.what we really need is an experienced foreign coach if we really want to take the national team to d next level

  • PAPILO 4 years ago

    NFF pls don’t give we football lovers heart attacks OR else we will swear 4 all of U in that class house
    Good Luck

  • I think d best thing to do 4 we nigerian is to carry different written tag on cardboard to show dt we don’t want Amodu d dullest coach Nigeria has ever have. bcos with dis na dis Shaibu go berry nigeria football finally.

  • GABRIEL GADDIN 4 years ago

    Amodu???????????????????????// i hope he can make it. Nigeria need people like Okocha, Oliseh who can read and understand Nigeria football. The former under 17 coach would hve been preferred to say the least.

  • prince adeniyi 4 years ago

    Well for me is time for keshi to bowdown crse for three good year in chartge he was not able to give us a solid good team that can be proud of..I bilieve we need. A. Manager but not a coach siasia would have been d right man but @ this stage forces will work against his succ so foemer nig int. Like olishe or others who already had a coaching course. Would have bin prefer not amodu. Keshi is far far better than Amodu is like moving from grass to grace May God help us

  • Marsh 4 years ago

    Good move! NFF i hail you guys at least we can have rest, no more Keshi this and Keshi that. I wish Amodu well. My concern is for anyone that takes over qualify eagles. I pray for Amodu to succeed. Keshi will remain my Hero.

    ”Keshi, Amokachi and Shorounmu will however proceed on a coaching course at the expense of the Nigeria Football Federation. Their entitlements, according to the NFF, will be paid within the next two weeks” Bullshit!!!!! This guys are crazy.

  • Marsh 4 years ago

    This is the conspiracy Keshi was talking about. How can you work under this kind of atmosphere? I am waiting for those calling for Keshi’s sack to talk.

  • Jedah Pastor 4 years ago

    Nff members are crooks. They are after their pockets. Shame to Nigeria

  • olayode oyebisi 4 years ago

    it is rightly done,kudos 2 ff

  • Paul Iyowun Dipoko 4 years ago

    Why this move?

    If the story of Keshi’s sack is true; then this new board has started failing before they even started.

    Why not allow Keshi to fail completely before axing him. Whose says under him the SE cannot qualify? A new coach is not the solution. If the SE does not qualify under a new coach, he will say, he came on board when the situation was already bad. What next after he fails? Another sack is that not so?

    Leave Keshi to finish his assignment. This win all the time is not going to help Nigeria football. How long did take Westerhof before qualifying Nigeria for the world cup. If Keshi was a white man NFF would have celebrated the 3 – 1 win.

    Keshi made his mistake(s). He is human prone to err. What if his change this time around is going to pay off in subsequent matches? He brought an unknown player and delivered. Let Keshi complete this assignment and if he fails sack him but not in the middle of an assignment.

    Na wo na sabi o.

  • Paul Iyowun Dipoko 4 years ago

    Why this move?

    If the story of Keshi’s sack is true; then this new board has started failing before they even started.

    Why not allow Keshi to fail completely before axing him. Whose says under him the SE cannot qualify? A new coach is not the solution. If the SE does not qualify under a new coach, he will say, he came on board when the situation was already bad. What next after he fails? Another sack is that not so?

    Leave Keshi to finish his assignment. This win all the time is not going to help Nigeria football. How long did take Westerhof before qualifying Nigeria for the world cup. If Keshi was a white man NFF would have celebrated the 3 – 1 win.

    Keshi made his mistake(s). He is human prone to err. What if his change this time around is going to pay off in subsequent matches? He brought an unknown player and delivered. Let Keshi complete this assignment and if he fails sack him but not in the middle of an
    assignment.

    Nigeria will qualify if she is destined to qualify for AFCON 2015; if not even if you bring Jose Mourinho Niaja will not qualify.

    NFF be careful o.

  • ananymous 4 years ago

    that is a big slap to all Nigerians,I think that is an unwise decision from the NFF. Patience answereth all things,learn to have an atom of patience. Rubbish~~!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • Adeyinka Cole 4 years ago

    Bullshit! Bullshit!! Bullshit!!!. This NFF or NFA (whatever) are just problem creators, Sacking a coach at this point? they dont ever bother to consider the opinion of (millions) of football loving Nigerians. Democracy is not in practice here, shame on them, big shame on them once again.

  • I think the era of dictating unproductive players to a weak coach coupled with corruption is back.Fingers crosssed!#NFF

  • loveso 4 years ago

    Sunday oliseh and Emmanuel Amuneke also hold the Uefa Pro License why not give them a chance

  • john Maji 4 years ago

    Sacking Kechi was right, But bringing Back Shaibu was a step Backward. Why ahmodu Shaibu? We need a foreign manager. Too bad.

  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    We should all remember that Shuaib Amodu is a interim coach not permanent coach. However, we should let Keshi move on with his life because he has done is best and national team is not a business Center. We appreciate him and may almighty God bless Oga Keshi and ourNation. Furthermore, The idea of foreign coach is bad. It’s very simple. Manu Garba should be our new coach while Olishe will be his assistant. Not because coach Manu Garba won the under17 championship but he plays total football and his experience, age and his maturity will help him succeed. In that case, he and Olishe will give us what we want. If we qualify, this are the right men for the job. Please completesportsnigeriano1, let NFF know about this please. We tired of foreign coach. Manu Garba and Olishe should be considered for the job. God bless Nigeria!

  • GOD BLESS NIGERIA, The NFF I think has committed a great blunder, sacking a coach in the middle of an assignment, if the team fails to qualify on whose door step would you place the blame? the new interim coach Amodu will claim he failed because he took over an already dead team and the Big Boss who is the former coach will also claim that he had a plan in the offing and if only they had allowed him to do his job he would have eventually qualified and possibly go a step further to win the championship. Well, all said and done l only have this to say to all football loving 9jas’ , don’t forget that with coach Amodu as the interim head we can always WOBBLE AND FUMBLE to the 2015 African Cup of Nations championship. A one time president of Nigeria has said it before from his Otta farm ” I dey look ooooo”