Hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea have announced the sacking of Coach Andoni Goikoetxea just over three weeks before the tournament.
Many fear the sacking may plunge the preparations of the host country into chaos even as Coach Stephen Keshi is seen as one of the likely figuresthat may be brought in to fill the void.
The new president of the Equatorial Guinea Football Federation, FEGUIFUT, Andres Jorge Mbomio, confirmed the sacking of the former Spanish international, who had been in charge for the last two years, but gave no reasons in a statement on Friday.
Many believe the sacking was engineered largely due to his failure in a recent regional competition for the Equatorial Guinea side plus defeat in two warm-up games in Portugal last week likely hastened his departure.
The vacant Equatorial Guinea job has again sparked rumors that out-of-contract Nigerian Coach Stephen Keshi maybe one of the likely managers to be considered by the oil-rich country.
The Big Boss, against all odds, led the Super Eagles to victory at the last AFCON held in South Africa but he was unable to qualify the same team for the this year’s edition.
Equatorial Guinea will be playing Congo in Bata on January 17 in the curtain raiser for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations