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Published On: Tue, Dec 16th, 2014

Keshi is a failure to Nigeria’s football, says Shaibu

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Amodu ShaibuBy Albert Akota

The Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and former Super Eagles coach Amodu Shuaibu has described out-of-contract Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi as a failure, and says the ‘Big Boss’ has no business continuing as the Super Eagles coach.

Amodu says he believes any other coach that fails to qualify his country for a major tournament mustn’t remain.

 “As a coach you are as good as your last game. If as at when they asked me to take over from him and I reckoned that it would affect my reputation if I failed, I expect any professional coach to assume the same position now, which is referring to Keshi.

“The situation as it is today if I were him, I would have said thank you Nigerians, I am sorry I failed I can try another time but for now let some else take over. But you must know that this is my personal opinion.

As regards his appointment as Technical Director Amodu cleared the air by saying, “The announcement has been done and I think the second thing will be the process of actualizing the documentation which I am told it is ongoing.

“If that is perfected within the next one or two months one can clearly say Yes, I am assuming an office.

“So he alone will decide whether he has a reputation or not. If he has a reputation, he should walk out of the job but if he doesn’t, he should stay like a begger,” Amodu said.

The former BCC Lions of Gboko coach also referred to Samson Siasia, who failed to qualify Nigeria for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and was sacked, and says that precedent must be followed with Keshi also.

“We all know that Keshi has failed,” Amodu continued. “To keep him is a bad precedent because when Siasia failed, we told the whole country that he failed and he should go, and not even Goodluck Jonathan could save him. And so if we want to live within those standards, we know what to do and this is my personal opinion.”

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