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Published On: Mon, Oct 20th, 2014

I was not sacked – Keshi

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Erstwhile Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has said that he was not sacked as the head coach of the Super Eagles because he had no contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

The new NFF board under Amaju Pinnick last Thursday showed Keshi the exit door as national team coach, despite his side’s 3-1 home win against Sudan that kept the Super Eagles in the running to defend their African title.

The former Togo and Mali manager said that he is surprised on how the news was disseminated that he was sacked as the Nigerian manager. “I am not happy with the way media people are reporting this to the public, because I don’t understand how you would fire someone that has no contract.

“My contract expired after the World Cup in Brazil, and I never made any effort for my contract to be renewed because of so many issues on the ground.

“I have accepted my fate, and I would move on with my life, but I want to make it clear that I was never sacked because I had no contract,” Keshi stated.

It has been widely reported that Keshi had revealed that three African countries have showed interest in him to be their national team coach, but Keshi revealed that he never said such.

“I have never told anybody that three African countries are looking for me, and as far as I’m concerned, no nation has called me for any talk,” he added. The Super Eagles must win their next two games against Congo and South Africa to have any chance of qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, and Keshi believes Nigeria would qualify for the championship.

“I know Nigeria would qualify for the 2015 Nations Cup because we have the players that can do the job, but they need a lot of encouragement and support from Nigerians and I wish them good luck in their next two games,” Keshi said.


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