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Pinnick: President Jonathan Didn’t Influence Keshi’s Return

Pinnick: President Jonathan Didn’t Influence Keshi’s Return

By Johnny Edward:

Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has poured cold water on the rumours that out-of-contract Super Eagles coach,nStephen Keshi’s recall after his sack was influnced by Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan.

In a monitored interview on Channels Television by Johnny Edward, Pinnick restated the federation’s reasons for recalling the coach who won the AFCON title for Nigeria in 2013 but failed to qualify the same team for the next edition next year in Equatorial Guinea.

“The President did not influence Keshi’s recall. I don’t know why we belittle the Presidency. He won’t stoop so low to do that. I’m a child of God, I don’t have to lie. Keshi had a contract that was still pending so when the board came on we agreed to send him on a one-year training abroad not to say he was dismissed. Don’t let’s talk about this issue this way. This is someone who won the Nations Cup. He is a hero,” said Pinnick who revealed why the Big Boss was recalled to oversee the last two games of the 2015 AFCON qualiying series.

“Amodu (Shaibu) influnced Keshi’s return. He (Amodu) consulted wide and felt Keshi should be allowed to complete the task. That was one of the reasons and aside from that, he gave us so many technicalities as to how we could help from the bench,” said the NFF president who unveiled his federation’s plans to make the technical crew of the national teams as well as the technical department of the NFF efficient and effective.

‘In January we are sending 17 coaches to England to study match analysis, the likes of Yisa Shofoluwe, Taribo West.

We don’t have a match reader in Nigeria and it’s affecting us. So when we play the game we play blindly but if we have match readers it will give the team analysis of the opposing team and how well to break them down or curtail them. A match reader chronicles the game and that will be an added advantage to Nigerian football. When a coach gets that detailed synopsis, he is fully equipped. We are trying to have about 50 in every national team we will have ten of them. That’s our scientific approach of winning games.’

COMMENTS

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  • omo9ja 4 years ago

    If you ask Keshi to go for training course, you will also tell him how to choose his players abi? Haba, do you people think we are foolish or what? That’s why bad people always come first in Nigeria because they like deceiving themselves. God bless Nigeria!

  • He has done his best let he go and when going he should with his boys bos we don’t them all so pp lk john m obi,,musa,,uche,,,

  • detator 4 years ago

    na so keshi come dey powerful even the nff they fear to sack him

  • MY TAKE IS THAT NO FOREIGNERS SHOULD COACH NIGERIA EVER AGAIN. IF YOU ARE LETTING KESHI GO BRING IN ANOTHER NIGERIAN COACH OR IMPROVE KESHI AS PINNICK IS ABOUT TO DO BY SENDING KESHI AND HIS CREW TO REFRESHER COURSES OVERSEA. ANY NIGERIAN GOING AGAINST THIS IDEA TRUTHFULLY DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS DOING. MR. PINNICK AMAJU PLEASE GO AHEAD WITH WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

  • I think the problem of Nigeria football is beyond Keshi alone,the system adopt in managing football in Nigeria is not effective.

  • doluv 4 years ago

    I tired for dis yeye talk talk everyday with pinnick. this man no get one mouth just like he government. fake ppl.

  • Marsh 4 years ago

    i think Amaju is beginning to identify some of the problem.

  • patrick onyemelukwe 4 years ago

    Amaju is going on the right direction if this is what he has in mind he is the right person to be there,that is the only way the our football will move to the next level,The n f f president should equally look into how some few n f f officials intervens on selection of player what the board must do is to support who ever is the coach

  • Michael Omotor 4 years ago

    Brilliant concept from our nff president. Good job mr pinnick.

  • EDDY BABA 4 years ago

    PINNICK WILL REGRET HIS DECISIONN TO RETAIN KESHI. REMEMBER THE BIBLE SAY THERE IS TIME FOR EVERYTHING
    , KESHI’S TIME IS PAST IN NIGERIA. GIVE NIGERIA ANOTHER COACH NOW. KESHI, IF YOU DO NOT RESIGN NOW, YOU WILL SURELY REGRET IT BECAUSE YOU HAVE SPENT YOUR TIME, GO AND ASK SCOLARI OF BRAZIL HOW HE ENDED. WE MUST ALL LEARN TO KNOW WHEN TO QUIT.

  • Sanusi Alao 4 years ago

    Stephen Keshi is full of himself. Irrespective of the refresher course he might attend a leopard can never change the colour of its skin. NFF wanted to train match reader, to read the match of Eagles which consist of quality less players. He may succeed in retaining his job, but mark my words, this is the beginning of the fall of Eagles which is no longer super. He is just too sentimental in his reasoning. The masquerade festival will soon end, the children of masquerade chiefs will soon start buying bean cake (akara). The God of soccer will come against those that are not making us happy in Nigeria base on the way they are running our football.