Despite Sudan win, NFF sacks Stephen Keshi

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi
Stephen Keshi

Coach Stephen Keshi has lost the battle to stay on as Nigeria’s national team coach as the Nigeria Football Federation early Thursday morning relieved him of the job despite the 3-1 win over Sudan on Wednesday.

Keshi’s backroom staffs, including assistant coaches – Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorunmu – were also shown the exit door.

As contained in the communiqué issued after a meeting of the executive committee of the NFF, a consortium of coaches will 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, the new Equipment Manager. Team Secretary, Enebi Achor, is retained.

The NFF thanked Keshi and his assistants for theirh services to the country and promised to pay them all owed monies within the next fortnight.

The NFF, in recognition of the coaches’ on tributions to the Nigerian game, 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.


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  • Adoki

    Every time a coach addresses a press conference, you expect him to talk about football and fotballing issues. But Keshi always seemed to be quarelling with everybody – players, administrators, fans etc. I hope we get to have a REAL coach.

  • Mosaku 147

    Good riddiance . After his fluke winning of afcon 2013, one would have thought his arrogance will reduce knowing it wasn’t by his might,but alas,it puffed him up the more. I am expecting Brazil or England to announce his appointment as their manager.after all he boasted a few days ago that several countries are waiting for him.
    It’s time we appoint a world class manager that can stear this our rudderless football ship to the promise land.

    • Maria

      Liberia is hunting for him as their coach.

      • TruthTeller

        I heard Sierra Leone wants him too. lol

      • $C

        coaching an ebola infested nation? this is suicidal my sister.

  • D Truth

    Keshi’s backroom staffs. do we now have plura for staff?

    • Shehu

      My brother,NFF has ooooo

      • Osogagba

        Or maybe Premium Times is the medium that has has invented it.

  • tuco

    Did the title of this article just said despite Sudan win? Hmm, you can’t expect a coach to carry on with a very poor run of results and such arrogance. Keshi had only won one in the past eleven outings since the nations cup, with draws against the likes of Mexico, Scotland, Greece, Iran. Defeat against USA twice, Argentina, France, and Congo. I mean it’s very poor really.

  • Michael

    “The team also has a new Coordinator in former international Garba Lawal”….. Hmm, Nigeria we hail thee oh. Obviously we just took 4000 steps backwards. Okay… Moving on, How about that making the Super Eagles Win a Bobsled tournament?

  • Wähala

    Sacking Keshi is a good beginning but the team needs an overhaul… a new engine block. Many of the current crop of players should be dropped especially those who do not play regularly for their teams. Nigeria had a strong team that emphasized speed from the wings and a creative midfield, what I call the “Onigbinde Attack” after that coach that led the Eagles in 2002 mundial. Obi Mikel is a minus and negative player, unless he and other old legs are flushed out, there will remain no fantasy in our game. Keshi was bloated beyond belief and lacked common sense approach to dealing with minor problems. Letting him go is good news to aficionados and the future of Naija football…

  • ghost writer

    Keshi is the real definition of PRIDE. Anyone with keshi’s character is on the path of destruction simple as A.B.C

  • TruthTeller

    good riddance to an egotistic rubbish

  • Man_Enough

    There is no wisdom in this decision. Nigeria will definitely loose out of the AFCON. The best thing would have been to assist Keshi with the consortium till the end of the qualifiers. Now the qualifiers will be lost. This NFF has started on the wrong foot. Amodu is a bad choice and going back to expatriate coach is retrogressive and unpatriotic.

  • Chika

    Sudan was clueless on football. Beating Sudan 3-1 said nothing about Keshi’s coaching prowess.

  • mdemmy

    Our blood pressure is getting higher by the day on the Super Eagles and HYPERTENSION is inevitable. Why don’t we change focus to something more entertaining at the moment. The SUPER FALCONS are doing great at the moment and i think attention should be shifted towards them and let the Eagles rest to Shed their Feathers and grow new ones to gain better strength and sense to soar higher

  • Dennis Inegbedion

    I guess there’s still a lot NFF means they need to learn. wait NFF may as well recommends those course to them assuming they imagine these trip lack something. Naija we hail thre