Victor Moses and Kalu Uche to miss Nigeria’s World Cup and Confederations Cup campaign

Victor Moses and Kalu Uche to miss Nigeria’s World Cup and Confederations Cup campaign

The duo are unable to join the Super Eagles due to persistent injury concerns and have given the coaching crew cause for concern with the key matches coming up in a few weeks

Forwards Victor Moses and Kalu Uche are out of Nigeria’s June World Cup qualifying matches and the Confederations Cup as well as the international friendly match against Mexico due to injuries. Continue reading “Victor Moses and Kalu Uche to miss Nigeria’s World Cup and Confederations Cup campaign”

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Stephen Keshi withdraws resignation after meeting with Sports Minister

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Stephen Keshi has withdrawn his resignation ascoach of the Nigerian national team, after a meeting with the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi.

The immediate past Media Officer of the Super Eagles, Colin Udoh, who has been covering the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, made this revelation late into the night, as the confusion and drama rumbled on.

Udoh confirmed that Keshi had indeed resigned, but that it was verbal and not written. As soon as the news went viral, after the Big Boss told Robert Marawa on South Africa radio station, Metro FM, that he had sent in his resignation after the celebrations, a series of emergency meetings were held.

 

In the end, the 51-year-old made a u-turn and withdrew his resignation.

Udoh tweeted: “After a meeting with Nigeria‘s Sports Minister, Stephen Keshihas withdrawn his resignation.”

The Super Eagles are expected back in the country today, although Efe Ambrose and Victor Moses, have returned to the UK.

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Keshi, NFF officials snub each other at South African Airport

According to reports, Stephen Keshi and some NFF officials avoided each other, as they made their way to board their return flight to Nigeria on Tuesday morning.

All three men departed South Africa on the same chartered flight, but Keshi and NFF officials stayed out of each other’s way, even as the team will be hosted in Abuja this evening.

The Super Eagles coach resigned from his position, but in a dramatic twist of events, rescinded his decision, after the Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, stepped into the issue.

NFF president, Aminu Maigari, had expressed his anger at Keshi’s decision, stating that he did not show him respect.

Abdullahi, however, confirmed that he had spoken to Maigari, before meeting with Keshi and revealed that there is still some friction, which will be sorted out with time.

“This is not the time for that. For now we have resolved the issue and he will be staying. After the reception we will sit down and sort things out. Obviously, there are certain things that weren’t handled properly, but we will have plenty of time to sort them out,” he said.

Surprise Move! After Nigeria’s Historic Win at the 2013 AFCON, Coach Stephen Keshi Resigns

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Stephen Keshi has resigned his position as the head coach of the Nigerian Senior Football Team, theSuper Eagles.

The news was broken online by SuperSport presenter, Robert Marawa who tweeted the following:
Stephen Keshi has just announced that he handed over his resignation letter after the game exclusively on 083Sport@6With Marawa on MetroFM

RMKeshi hinted that he was “fired” before the AFCON match against Ivory Coast as Nigerian Football Authorities did not believe the Super Eagles would progress beyond that stage of the competition. Though there is no “official” word on the reason for this move, sports pundits are speculating that the continuous “meddling” and “lack of support” by the Nigerian Football Authorities are among the reasons for his resignation.

The Head Coach role of the Super Eagles has a major high turnover rate, Keshi is the 19th coach in 19 years. He was quoted as saying “It’s a shame in Africa, When there’s an African coach nobody wants to give you time, they want you to have the job today, build a wonderful team tomorrow and next year win the World Cup. If only we could work out how these things work we could have more success. But most coaches aren’t given freedom to work so they are held back.

‘I may resign after the Africa Cup of Nations’ – Keshi

Stephen Keshi shocked media men on Tuesday afternoon, when he stated he could resign as coach of the Super Eagles, after the Africa Cup of Nations. 

When a journalist asked him during the press conference, if he would still be in charge of the Nigerian national team after the competition, he replied: “The most important thing is what I’m doing. If back home they don’t like what I’m doing well you can’t force someone to love you. 

“If I win the cup I may pack and leave, I’m a professional coach, Nigeria is where my heart is and if there’s any more offer out there…,” Keshi said. 

Keshi, who captained the Super Eagles to gold at Tunisia 1994, also insisted that he would have no issues working with a foreign coach, on the condition that the tactician knows his onions. 

“I’m never against a white coach in Africa, but do not bring a mediocre coach from Europe,” he said. “If you bring a good coach, I can learn from him. We have good African players but we didn’t give them opportunities because they’re black dude.” 

Speaking about Wednesday’s game against the Malians, who he had handled before, he said his players will play without intimidation, but added he would not mind returning as coach of Mali. 

“It’s a place that I love, they’re wonderful people and if there’s a chance I will go back there,” he said.