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.



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  • While I am indifferent to the sacking of Keshi, as he is the architect of his own fate, always sulking and projecting his errors to others. He was also fond of blackmailing all, that he had six other offers waiting for him. But how could any sane NFF Board, with their two eyes open, appoint Amodu to replace him! If the new chairman is talking about objectivity in their actions so far, there is nothing objective in re-appointing Amodu! He was sacked as the Eagles’ Coach many years back! What is the new thing or qualification or performance that recommended him for this job? By appointing Amodu, you have made Keshi a coaching-martyr.
    With Amodu in charge, Nigeria is not going to qualify for the 2015 Nations’ cup tournament. He has been a clueless coach and a failure, soccer-wise. I am sure the new NFF board members were alive during the inglorious and shameful performance of Amodu as national Coach. The new NFF Board led by their chairperson made a big mis-jugdement by appointing Amodu, no matter for how many matches. The excuse that he was the anointed candidate for the job by the previous Board is no excuse for the Board to rubber-stamp him. Do only things you can defend. I hope and pray you have not started to fail, right from the start.

  • Kamil A. Lamidi

    Good and balanced analysis and comments.

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