–Says Timing For Keshi Sacking Is Irrelevant
By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles coach Adegboye Onigbinde is indifferent over the decision of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation to ‘sack’ embattled Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi, and wishes the national team well under the interim coaching crew led by Shaibu Amodu.
The NFF bigwigs rose from its meeting in the hours of Thursday morning to announce that the former Eagles captain has been relieved of his duties despite being in charge of the team that defeated Sudan 3-1 Wednesday evening in their fourth 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying game.
Former Eagles and BCC Lions, Sharks and El Kanemi coach Shuaibu Amodu will lead a consortium of Nigerian coach that also comprise of Gbenga Ogunbote, Salisu Yusuf and goalkeepers trainer, Alloy Agu, who will be in charge of the Eagles through their remaining two AFCON qualifiers against Congo and South Africa on 14th and 19th November respectively.
“The authorities have taken their decision and all we can do is support the consortium of coaches to be headed by Shuaibu Amodu.
“For me, it is irrelevant when Keshi is sacked; whether now, after the Nations Cup qualifiers or in the future. I am not in their (NFF) circle so I cannot comment much about that than to wish Keshi and his assistants all the best in future and success to the in-coming coaches.
“The Nigerian coaches are going to be on interim basis, after which a foreign coach takes over? Well, I hope we go for one of the best foreign coaches.
“I don’t really mind where a coach comes from but my main concern is what impact he will make in the country’s (or club) football. I am an educator and would want to see a sound coach bring his wealth of knowledge here,” the man who became the first Nigerian coach to guide the Super Eagles to the (2002) FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan, incidentally a feat which Amodu helped Nigeria achieve during the qualifiers, tells Completesportsnigeria.com
Onigbinde would also speak briefly about his expectation about the two crucial games left in the qualifier for the Eagles which are must wins for Amodu and crew.
“I hope for the best for my country. I have not changed nationality so I hope Nigeria qualify for the Nations Cup. It will be difficult but certainly not impossible,” he concludes.