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2014 World Cup: Nigeria FA gives up on quest to control coach Stephen Keshi

Published on: 04 April 2014
Stephen Keshi and NFF Officials

There are indications that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officials have given up in their quest to subject Super Eagles Head Coach, Stephen Keshi to their control with the World Cup looming.

It is now obvious that Keshi has emerged the winner of the supremacy battle with the NFF leadership.

A very top management staff of the NFF, who did not want his name in print told that they have lost their authority on the Coach he said they employed.

He said Keshi no longer heed to their instructions and does whatsoever he wants with impunity.

The NFF top management staff attributed Keshi’s insubordination to the backing from the Presidency, stating that as a result, Keshi no longer has regard for their president, Aminu Maigar,i who personally made it possible for him to be employed in the first place.

“It is so pathetic that  Keshi has to treat us the way he has been treating us. We fought for him to be given the job and we have supported him which is why he has achieved the much he has achieved since he took charge,” the NFF official said.

“We are very much aware of the call from Nigerians that some of our players who are doing well in their clubs in Europe be included in the provisional list. But there is very little we can do because he will not listen to us and it is really unfortunate. Every coach all over the world work with their FA to decide the player that would be invited for a crucial tournament like the World Cup.

“The problem is that Nigerians have so supported him against us and he is enjoying the support of those at the higher authority. This is why he is undermining us and flaunt our order with impunity.”

Keshi and  the NFF have been locked in a supremacy battle over the number of players to be included in the provisional World Cup list.

Keshi had refused to appear before the NFF technical committee when he was invited to defend his list and he had said recently that he will only make his list public whenever he is ready.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • destiny says:
    April 04, 2014 03:29 pm
    it is because you guys no longer have the space to collect money from players family and place them there that is why you are saying that he no longer listen nor take the NFA advice
  • Iykemorgan says:
    April 04, 2014 02:19 pm
    Please they should allow keshi to do his work. Dnt force players on coach is not good for a team, after the tournament everybody will put blame on coach, not knowing that he is not the only one doing the coaching. Respect your ability Keshi
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    April 04, 2014 10:12 am
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  • Zeus speelo says:
    April 04, 2014 08:47 am
    Nonsense what rubbish who helped Keshia to win de cup? Kwaaasiiiaaa fuoooo
  • Benny says:
    April 04, 2014 08:14 am
    Well done Keshi for standing your grounds.I wish there are more people in AFrica with such mentality.
  • Ike says:
    April 04, 2014 07:27 am
    Who helped Keshi win AFCON 2013? Answer is nobody,let the man do his job and please no interference.In Keshi we trust!!!
  • spellBOUND says:
    April 05, 2014 09:09 pm
    why do they want to control the coach in the first place???? potbelly f$%ks, you've hired the man to do a job, now leave him alone to do it.