By Sab Osuji:
Former Nigeria manager, Clemense Westerhof has warned Nigeria Football Federation on the dangers of not renewing Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi’s contract, saying not extending the Big Boss’ managerial responsibility of the senior national team will spell doom for team.
“I don’t know what’s happening, why have they not given Stephen Keshi a new contract, why, he did well in the first period and it’s okay for Nigeria for Keshi to continue his job”, Westerhof roared when he spoke with Complete Sports.
“Keshi played under me when I was Super Eagles coach, he was a good team leader and he learned how to lead very well. He has put that in when he led the Super Eagles to win the Nations Cup last year and reach the World Cup second round.
“That was good enough; he has reached my record, but did not erase it, (laughs). So I don’t know what the problem is, why they don’t want to give him a new contract but if he goes, that will be too bad for Nigeria and the Super Eagles because no country or team leaves out its successful coach”, Westerhof cautioned.
The one time Sundowns of South Africa manager admitted that Super Eagles have not done well in the two qualifying games played so far in the race for the 2015 AFCON in Morocco, making do with just a point from a maximum of six, he none-the-less stated that a settled mind will always produce excellent result.
“It’s not a good result, they can do better but how do you do well when you have no contract and you are not sure of your tomorrow?
“The Super Eagles can still go to Morocco if they can still come together and win the remaining matches. Keshi knows what to do but it will be bad if the federation allows him toleave by not giving a new contract.
“If he goes, it will take a long time for the Super Eagles to be strong again, the new manager will take long time to build a strong team again.”