Coaching Super Eagles not do or die – Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
Stephen Keshi

The out-of-contract Super Eagles Coach, Stephen Keshi, has said that getting the Eagles’ job is not a do or die affair for him, but said he loves Nigeria and would like to help.

Speaking with reporters at the National Stadium, Abuja, after the team’s routine training on Wednesday, the coach said he was not one who would wait around for the Super Eagles job without looking elsewhere.

“Nigeria is not the last team for me to coach. There are plenty of teams out there. Some are showing interest in me and I thank God. If it is here in my country and if it is not here, no shaking,” he said.

The Super Eagles team will continue their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, qualifiers on Saturday in an encounter with Sudan.

“See, the most important thing for me in my career right now is to win Sudan; after that, it is up to the NFF or whoever is in charge to decide. My own is: let me win my games on Saturday and from there let us see what happens,” Keshi said.

His previous full contract with the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, expired at the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The former Super Eagles defender and captain said he had no long-term agreement yet with the Federation and would find out his fate in that direction after he had qualified Nigeria for the 2015 Afcon in Morocco.

“I don’t have a game by game contract with the NFF; I don’t know where you heard that. What I’m doing here is simply to help my country out. If I finish qualifying Nigeria and we go to Morrocco, as long as Nigeria qualifies then I will know what’s next. Super Eagles is a team everyone wants to beat. It was like this when I was playing; even when I came in as a coach,” he said.

Keshi faced serious criticism after he unveiled his players for the World Cup. His team’s poor performance against Congo and South Africa at the ongoing Afcon qualifiers has not won him more friends.

The NFF’s newly elected executives met on Wednesday in Abuja and PREMIUM TIMES gathered Keshi’s contract renewal was not discussed.

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