NFF denies putting Keshi under pressure

Some top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have denied insinuations in some sections of the media that some individuals in the Glass House are putting undue pressure on the Super Eagles’ Head Coach, Stephen Keshi.

The NFF President, Aminu Maigari, said on Wednesday, that neither the federation as a corporate body nor any top official is putting the big boss under any form of pressure.

Ademola Olajire, media officer of the NFF, wondered why Sections of the media have in the past 24 hours, been awash with stories of purported interference in the work of Coach Keshi by some persons in the NFF; particularly with regards to the selection of players for Jumbo June World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying matches.


Mr. Maigari decried the insinuations saying that the NFF can only support Keshi and the group at this very crucial period that the team is preparing for a round of critical matches.

“The only thing NFF as a Federation can do at this period is to give Keshi and the entire team all the necessary support. That is what we are doing. I have not called for any inquisition into what he is doing or how he picked players for the upcoming matches, and I can assure you that nobody is doing anything like that,” he said.

“Of course, there is a corporate desire and ambition for the Super Eagles to do well in the matches against Namibia, Malawi and Rwanda. But we are not coaches and there is a limit to the moves that we can make.

“There is someone we have signed a contract with to deliver the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2013 African Cup of Nations tickets, and we have a responsibility to allow him to do the job the way he knows best and simply give him all the support that is necessary and germane,” Mr. Maigari said.


Keshi, who captained the Eagles for 11 years and led Nigeria to her first FIFA World Cup finals in 1994, signed a four-year agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation in November 2011; with the understanding that he would qualify the team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations and the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.

The score card for Coach Keshi shows that so far, he has played a total of seven matches. He has won two of those matches, drawn two, and lost three including last week’s international friendly against the Peru team.

Keshi’s next assignment is on Sunday at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar, when the Super Eagles will play against the Brave Warriors of Namibia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, African Series Day One, 

The team will then fly out to Malawi on Thursday for a Day Two match against the Flames in Blantyre on June 9. The team will immediately return home to play Rwanda’s Amavubi in a 2013 Cup of Nations qualifier also in Calabar on June 17.

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