Keshi responsible for own sack – Sports stakeholders

Tayo Balogun, a sport administrator on Thursday said that the former Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi, was responsible for all the events that led to his sack.

The administrator spoke against the backdrop of the decision by the  Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to terminate the appointment of the Keshi-led technical crew on Wednesday.

The sack has continued to generate mixed reactions from notable individuals in the football circle.

Some of them, who spoke in Lagos, expressed the hope that the decision would impact positively on Nigeria football.

Balogun, however, said that the coach personalised trivial issues concerning the team and also undermined many players.

“Keshi is the architect of his own failure. He had more players that should have made the teams but he didn’t invite them,” he said. “Most goals we conceded were defensive errors. He was a defender in his days and he couldn’t organise a good defence.”

Joseph Dosu, a former Super Eagles player, said the NFF took everyone unaware with the decision to terminate Keshi’s appointment.

“I also thought he would be left alone after (Wednesday’s match against Sudan) but the committee know what’s best for Nigerian football,” Dosu said.

Dosu, however, wished the makeshift coaches well and hoped they would qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Ibrahim Galadinma, a former chairman of the NFF, said the board had made a decision they felt was best and should be treated as such.

“I cannot say whether it was a good or bad decision, but I believe they are working for the greater good of Nigerian football,” he said.

Folorunsho Okenla, a football analyst said he believed the decision was in the best interest of Nigeria.

“It’s obvious that the Eagles in recent outings didn’t perform well, especially at the ongoing (Africa Cup of Nations) qualifiers,” he said. “I think it is a good development that will help to correct Keshi’s mistake.”

Keshi, who led the Super Eagles to the 2013 Nations Cup victory, was appointed in 2011.

Ndubuisi Nduka, a former head coach of Heartland FC of Owerri, said the sack was long overdue going by Keshi’s disposition lately.

Nduka said hiring and firing was synonymous with coaching.

The coach said on telephone that Keshi’s attitude to the job of late had changed to something unworthy of a good coach.

“He has been in constant fight with some players whom he tagged disloyal,” he said. “Great players all over the world are known to be pompous, so, it is the duty of the coach to bend such character to his own advantage.”

According to him, Keshi failed to separate his personal interest from national interest.

He said that it was because of his personal interest as against national interest that made him not to invite better players to the team.

He reminded the sacked coach that a national team of the status of the Super Eagles was not meant to be run like a chiefdom.

(NAN)


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