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.