Atlanta 96 Olympic Gold medalist, Emmanuel Babayaro has reacted to Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi’s denial about his resignation from his role.
Keshi was widely reported to have resigned from his role after Nigeria’s loss to France in the round of 16 after a meeting with his players.
However, in a swift about turn, Keshi denied he has resigned yesterday saying he bid his players farewell because his contract will expire after the World cup and he hasn’t been offered a new one.
Babayaro, known for his fearless stand on issues, described his denial as that of a confused man.
“When I read about his denial, I felt disappointed because he failed to convince me he with his side of the story,” he told SL10. “To start with, he didn’t deny he wished his players bye, if he truly had hopes of continuing he won’t address his players so fast, at least he would have let the pain of crashing out subside a little and maybe hear from the NFF bigwigs before telling his players he might not continue like he claimed. To me, he is looking for attention and maybe he is at cross roads over whether to stay or leave, he appears confused a bit as he loves Nigeria and his job.”
The former Chlesea defender also urged the NFF hierarchy to address the issue of Keshi’s stay or departure with all urgency as the 2015 Africa Nations cup is around the corner.
“Our first qualifier for the Nations Cup in 2015 is less than two months away, so we should be concerned with players invitations and not who will handle the team? The NFF must move quickly, make a decision on his future to avoid panic when the qualifiers are close or begin.”
African champions, Nigeria are grouped with Sudan, South Africa and a team to be known after the third round of qualifiers is decided.