The Guild of Sports Editors,the umbrella body of all managers of sports in the Nigerian media has called for the immediate removal of Stephen Keshi as caretaker coach of the Super Eagles following Saturday’s disgraceful loss to Sudan iin a 2015 AFCON qualifier n Khartoun.
The body wants the new executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation to ask Keshi to stay away from the team for the reverse fixture of the AFCON qualifier in Abuja on Wednesday.
‘The Guild feels Keshi should not be honoured with a place on the Super Eagles bench on Wednesday in the reverse fixture after toying with the emotions of over 100 million football loving Nigerians through his unnecessary arrogance,ungurded and sometimes insulting utterances as well as questionable invitation of players,”said the Guild’s president Tony Ubani in a statement on Sunday.
‘We also want the NFF not to re-open contract extension talks with Keshi who seems to have lost the motivation to take the Super Eagles beyond where he has taken the team. ,’further said Ubani in the statement.
The body however believes Keshi is only the undertaker in the new low Nigerian football has sunk and wants the Amaju Pinnick-led NFF to take a wholistic look at football development in Nigeria starting with the leagues.
‘The success of any football administration depends on how it is able to develop its league to not only provide quality players for the various national teams but also provide employment for millions of Nigerians.
‘England last won a major tournament some 48 years ago but its FA has developed its league to be the best in the world with millions of job opportunities for its people,’Ubani said.
‘We demand a total restructuring of the league body and an enforcement of all laws guiding club football in Nigeria. A situation where clubs do not have a youth team and where players salaries are not paid promptly cannot engender growth. We want the new NFF executive committee to be bold and daring in some of the inevitable decisions they will take to ensure a new and positive order in football administration in Nigeria and we pledge our unflinching support towards that cause,”concludes Ubani.