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2014 World Cup: Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi resigns after exit

Published on: 01 July 2014
Stephen Keshi

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has stepped down from his position after the Super Eagles' exit from the World Cup in Brazil.

France scored twice in the last 11 minutes in Brasilia on Monday to reach the quarter-finals at their expense.

The 52-year-old was appointed Nigeria boss in 2011 and helped them become African champions two years later.

Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo also retired from international football following their exit.

Fenerbahce's Yobo, 33, scored a late own goal after Paul Pogba's header had broken Nigerian resistance.

Keshi offered his resignation after last year's Africa Cup Of Nations triumph, citing a lack of support and respect, although he was persuaded to stay by Nigeria's sport minister.

A group stage win against Bosnia-Hercegovina helped Nigeria reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time since 1998, despite the players being involved in a row over bonuses.

He becomes the sixth manager to leave his job during the World Cup, following the departures of Honduras's Luis Suarez, Iran's Carlos Queiroz, Japan's Alberto Zaccheroni, Italy's Cesare Prandelli and Ivory Coast's Sabri Lamouchi.

Keshi, who captained Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup finals, was previously in charge of Mali and Togo.

Yobo told BBC Sport it was a sad but glorious end to his own international career as Nigeria failed to make their first ever quarter-finals.

"This is it. I can look back on my career with great pride," he said.

"It's time to give a chance to other people to come through. Our football has a bright future and I am confident this team can achieve success sooner rather than later."

Yobo is his country's most capped player with 100 appearances and will continue to play club football.

His 10 matches at World Cup finals - a national record - have come in three tournaments, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

"I wanted to leave on a high for my country. Defeat by France was not the right way to go but I'm happy with all I've done for the national team," he added.


  • Benny says:
    July 01, 2014 05:01 am
    This is a man with dignity.At least he is a proper coach and will surely get many offers unlike that security man turn coach. He wants to hang on because he has no where to Go. MR AA your cup is fool.Do the right thing and resign,Stephen Keshi won Afcon yet he has decided to resign.AA has done nothing but nepotism favouritism and bribes. AA wants to build for the future.What future?He wants yo enjoy first class flight to UK at the tax payers expense in a guise to ideas sharing exercise only to have time with his family. Once bitten twice shy.Bye,bye AA........?.
  • Benny says:
    July 01, 2014 05:02 am
    AA your cup is fullllllllllllllllll.
  • Boro says:
    July 01, 2014 05:17 am
    Your atitude does not look African at all. This shows how intelligent and selfless you are. I will look for you anytime i happen to be in Nigeria. Unlike our own here in Ghana who has been failing throughout yet does not see the need to resign because he is simply dumb. Even those performing are resigning but the professional failures still want to keep their jobs. He want total disgrace before calling it quit, meanwhile he has nothing to offer. This STUPIDITY can only come from a coach from Ghana but where else?
  • Torino says:
    July 01, 2014 05:17 am
    Whats Kwasi Appiah waiting for,even achievers are quiting how much u,we placed our trust in u as our own flesh just for u to betray us,pls be honourable and leave us in peace,period...
  • Frank says:
    July 01, 2014 06:14 am
    I dont think if u are in kwasi appiah shoes u will resign is simple if he resign he will become jobless and were will he get money to feed his family but if they sack him he will go but resign he won't. have u seen any ghana man resign
  • OGYA says:
    July 01, 2014 06:33 am
    Stephen Keshi can be the coach for the Black Stars. He can do a better job than AA.
  • Ellilawal says:
    July 01, 2014 06:34 am
    I expect Appiah to do likewise... we are waiting Mr. Appiah. Resign or ull be forced out. Muumu!
  • K Man says:
    July 01, 2014 06:41 am
    He has earned$300k a year more than most working abroad let alone Ghana....I'm sure he will be ok. Even coaching smaller African nations.
  • risky says:
    July 01, 2014 07:00 am
    Where is that idiotic moron called noni9ja?... Is he suddenly not a super chickens supporter???
  • Kobe Jones says:
    July 01, 2014 07:08 am
    Do you think AA is a fool to resign...After all the money he is being paid..A Ghana man can never resign.
  • SHANGO says:
    July 01, 2014 07:24 am
    BANGER to coach black stars,but he has to fight me at bukom square before taking his job.
  • Coach says:
    July 01, 2014 07:26 am
    If Appiah will not resign then we should force him to resign. The guy has no know about coaching, he had not coached even Bofoakwa before he was appointed as a national coach . On what basis was he appointed? Clearly there is somebody manipulating and perpetuating this heinous crime against Ghanaian s with impunity. The person is arrogant, stealer and useless Nyatakyi, he single handedly appointed his puppet Appiah so that he can share his salary with him
  • Coach says:
    July 01, 2014 07:28 am
    I mean he has no knowledge about coaching
  • Kwaps says:
    July 01, 2014 08:09 am
    Oh Akwasi Appiah wht are u waiting for? U are lucky u were not even charged with a case for causing financial lost to the state. If found guilty u can go to prison oooo..., pls resign b'cos u can't be a good coach let alone a manager.
  • Mumbi says:
    July 01, 2014 08:13 am
  • Cnn says:
    July 01, 2014 08:27 am
    SELLAS TETTEH IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB Akwesi, I know times are hard but I think u will do yourself a lot of good of you if you follow your compatriots good example and call it a quit. Look, u like u ad a person and I don't want you to be disgraced. Quit and let's try Sellas Tetteh. A word to the wise is. .....
  • alaji one says:
    July 01, 2014 08:45 am
    what appiah wiating for
  • Papa says:
    July 01, 2014 09:00 am
    @K Man, which smaller nation would hire a man who fails dismally with a lot of talent at his disposal? What would happen if he were placed in charge of mediocre players. You must be dreaming.
  • Solo uk says:
    July 01, 2014 09:01 am
    The call is clear without any ambiguity kwasi appiah please resign because u don't have our backing. The players don't have confidence in you please go. Nyantakyi is not the only sensible Ghanaian and he would like to keep you but we are against you. Guys there is a facebook page called S.N.A.P( sack Nyantakyi and appiah) please join that group as we press to have these men uprooted from their sit.
  • Papa says:
    July 01, 2014 09:03 am
    You're right Mumbi. Perhaps "Mr. Nearly", that is Ghana, might just win something in the 21st century. The last time Ghana won anything was in the 20th century.
  • PITO says:
    July 01, 2014 09:26 am
    Keshi at least has experience coaching Mali and Togo and yet I don't see Keshi to be that good a coach But I see Keshi to be HEAPS ahead of Kwasi Appiah in comparison. Trust me if we think we are maintaining Kwasi Appiah then we have about 5 years 5YEARS! 5 YEARS!! 5 YEARS!! of disappointment ahead of us because It takes ages to be half a good coach. Akwasi Appiah has been handed more than he can currently handle. Please GFA do the right thing and resign Akwasi if he won't do so himself. And just a suggestion Try Tony Baffoe. Have you spoke to Clarence Seedorf? I don't care whoever ends up as Ghana coach but it is RIGHT that Akwasi resigns before he fails again(WHICH HE WILL, NO DOUBT) and his life becomes a target!
  • JAMES ROCK says:
    July 01, 2014 09:38 am
    The Sports Minister, GFA Boss and Akwasi Appiah, they all have to resign.
  • African Consciousness says:
    July 01, 2014 09:56 am
    Stephen Keshi took Nigerian to AFCON championship and the round of 16 at the World Cup and yet he is willing to step down, Joseph Yobo was Nigeria captain during their success and yet he is retiring from international football. I wanted Coach Appiah to finish his contract but upon second thought he is educated in Ghana and must follow the British tradition of resigning after failure and team captain Asamoah Gyan must give up his captainship to another team mate. He can still play for the Black Stars for 2 more World Cups because Roger Milla was 40 plus when he scored for Cameroon but Ghana Black Stars need new leadership. While we are at it the Ghana FA President must call for early elections to earn a vote of confidence in his administration if he fails to garner enough votes then there should be new leadership in the GFA as well. The new Coach can appoint an new captain.
  • muyiwa says:
    July 01, 2014 10:05 am
    All of you should cut this ghananian coach some slack!The black stars did well and held their own in that group - did you guys realistically thought you would make it out of that group? Even my country Nigeria would not have fared any better, sack ur coach at this time would be disastrous , remember what happened to the super eagles during Mali 2002, we only got out of it when we won the Afcon. I think Ghana just like Nigeria have got the best crop of players presently on the African continent , you guys should concentrate on dominating Africa starting from next years AFCON and see how it goes. And for all this unnecessary Ghana-Nigeria rivalry - I think it's shameful
  • African Consciousness says:
    July 01, 2014 10:26 am
    Ghana must adopt the NBA approach for selecting the Black Stars when they qualify for the World Cup. The NBA all stars are selected strictly by the fans and the Coaches that have the best record from the east and the west get to coach the All Stars selected by the fans. Ghanaian fans are very knowledgeable about their football, why not have the fans select the best players for each position then have the local coaches, sports writers and football administrators also cast votes for the players and the ones that get the most votes get to play for the Black Stars in their designated positions from 1 to 11 x 2 plus 1 to make up the 23 slots?. 3 goalkeepers, 8 full backs, 8 midfielders and 4 strikers. 2 of the midfielders can be attacking midfielders that can also score goals. The local Coach with the best record gets to Coach the Black Stars, in this case the Coach will be from Kotoko and it will be Didi Dramani or if it is preferred a Ghanaian Coach with international coaching or playing experience with a major Club or a national team. This will avoid the bias, favoritism, nepotism and allegations of corruption that plague the player and coaching selection prior to major tournaments. Football is big business and all the players deserve a fair opportunity. This process will give every player and coach a fair opportunity and it will be based on merit alone. In the future fans that want to see the Black Stars play, must pay their own way. Team officials that want to bring family members must pay for their family members so the resources can be used for the players comfort and well being prior to the tournaments.
  • Alhaji says:
    July 01, 2014 11:28 am
    @Solo pls make make S.N.A.P on instangram cos some of us are interested but we not on fb....Nyantakyi n AA must go
  • kojo says:
    July 01, 2014 03:37 pm
    Keshi did better than coach Appiah but he knows he did not do his best --honorable thing resigned!!! Appiah must resign now if he has self respect1!!
  • Fiscko says:
    July 01, 2014 04:46 pm
    What are we waiting for? Akwesi Appiah and the entire GFA must go as soon as possible. Even Keshi with better record have resign. We should act too quick before is too late.
  • Mellon says:
    July 01, 2014 07:23 pm
    This is a honorable man, a human being who has sense of shame! Unfortunately, AA is an extra baggage we have to carry for the next 2 years as result of a corrupt FA who are satisfied with his woeful performance. After every tournament, he comes back to say sorry, when will he ever do the honorable thing and resign before Ghanaians call for it? His knowledge of the game is still at school team level!!! AA must GO!!
  • Samedge says:
    July 01, 2014 07:24 pm
    Shango how are doing? How are ur gods? Hahahaha