Ikpeba: Eagles Need New Coach

Ikpeba: Eagles Need New Coach

–Former Eagles forward calls for Keshi to be replaced

Former Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba has called for the removal of current Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi following last Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Sudan in a 2015 AFCON qualifying game in Khartoum.


Ikpeba stated this yesterday as an analyst on Monday Night Football on SuperSport.

“I have played for this country, this country made me who I am today, it is my responsibility to say my mind and nobody can stop me from saying my mind. We need a change of who manages the Super Eagles,” says Ikpeba.


Look at the South African team and see what has changed in the team? Before Shakes Mashaba took over the team they were nothing to write home about but now they are made up of very youthful side. And at the weekend, they made life very difficult for the Congolese.

“It is only in Nigeria that we don’t give chance to young players. It’s either the player is too young or too old. Football is about talent but our problem is we always struggle to give chance to young players. There is no rule in modern football that says a 17-year-old cannot play for the senior national team.”

The 1994 AFCON winner stated further: “Nobody is saying Keshi has not done well, he has done well but the biggest problem is that when our coaches become successful they tend to compromise and become too sentimental. I have been asked why am I being too harsh on Keshi, the truth is I am just doing my job; it doesn’t matter whether he was my former captain.

“The truth is in this difficult period, we have been playing badly, our football has not been so good. As a young lad, I dreamt of playing like the (Segun) Odegbamis, (Adokiye) Amasiemeka, players with technique who can spring surprises on the opponent but unfortunately, there are no elements of surprises in our game. Look at the Sudanese, they can pass the ball with ease but our players can’t do that.

“We need to ask the question: are we going to be sentimental because Keshi won the AFCON? The truth is that we have to move forward, we have to develop our football and we have to make sure our league is very strong. I have respect for Keshi but presently and with all honesty, we need a change of coach in the Super Eagles.”

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  • Please when we sense a problem, let’s us go further to always suggest solution. This is what is killing us as a Nation everyone seems to notice what is not working but only few can and will implement the solution.

    So my question to the Prince of Monaco would be who should replace Keshi? Before will know it now we might be working from frying pan into fire once again if care is not taking.

  • Adewale Omosehin 7 years ago

    I honestly think the Prince of Monaco is right. We indeed need a new hand, someone who will not be fool of himself. Keshi is too proud. Why on earth will a coach who wants to succeed drops his best players? How can a general who wants to win battles left the best of his weapons and personnel behind and still thinks he’ll win war against his enemies? Keshi must be shown the way out now before its too late? We have the likes of Ike Uche, Obinna Nsofor, Obafemi Martins and others doing well in their respectful clubs yet because of the sentiments and his personal problems with this players couple with his egoism will refused to invite them to the national team. So he should be sent parking.

  • oniwide olanisinmi 7 years ago

    Your suggestion comes at a very wrong time,, Prince of Monaco. Didn’t you see this problem coming before Brazil world 2014. The friendly matches didn’t produce good result. Eventhough the AFCON that we won was by luck the number of goals scored by our strikers were limited and the reason enough is to re-structured the team. Now see the result of the qualifier matches. Shame. When Clement Westhof wön AFCON in 94 our ranking in world was 3rd and today what’s our position?

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  • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago

    @Seun and @oniwide olanisinmi

    Ikpeba is 100% correct to criticize the team. Ikpeba also critisized Keshi and the team before Sudan game and before the World Cup. Garba Lawal and Sunday Oliseh also criticized the team. But back then many sentimental die hard supporters of Keshi called these experienced Ex-footballers brainless. I am actually disappointed that more Nigerian coaches and Ex-footballers did not come out much earlier to criticize the Super Eagles tactics and decision making before and during games.

    Keshi verbally attacked Okocha when Okocha rightly criticized Nigeria’s poor performance against Iran at the World Cup. Analyzing and criticizing a team’s performance and coaching decisions is part of football. A Belgian friend of mine who played for Club Brugge in Belgium sent me a Facebook message and called Nigeria’s performance Vs Iran pathetic.

    Below are video clips of Gary Lineker boldly criticizing England’s tactics and player selections during the world cup. Criticizing a player or a coach does not mean you hate the coach or want to see the coach fail. Nobody in England cried sabotage when Lineker was rightly analyzing and criticizing England.



  • Chosen Victor 7 years ago

    The lesson for someone to succeed in life is that a wise man or woman will learn from the past mistakes, and listen to suggestions from others. We have talented players in the country, and even the young players who are ready, and have determination to go forward. Do the coaching crews in the super Eagles invite the young stars or not. The problem of Nigeria is the spirit of unforgiviness right from the inception, and if I’m wrong proof me. Nigeria supposed to be leading the group by now but look at the mess , and see where we put ourselves. As a father if your child has done something wrong as a good father, you will correct him or her, and let him know the mistake, the same applicable to the areas of life. I wish the Super Eagles good outing, and results tomorrow against the match with Sudan team. When you achieved something you go further to achieve more not sleeping on the past glory.

  • Frank 7 years ago

    It is quite unfortunate that many Nigerians will not say the truth, due to nearness to the coach of the Super Eagles that are presently not flying. Why! Please many should flash back in his days and that of his assistant in the National Team, that they were the one raising terror (so called Mafia) way back. I have faulted his selection as the National Team coach right from inception.
    Come to talk about Omokachi as he ruin the life of his fellow team mate Late Rachidi Yekini, and even when he pass on, it was not on record, that, he was among those that sympathise with the family. Reason as someone wrote earlier, that both the coach and his assistant has no spirit of forgiveness. Also, they wore greed, sentimentalism, egocentrics and hatred as babariga.
    Coach Stephen Kechi is not bigger or greater than Nigeria, that, he would not listen to advice from anybody, and Super Eagles is not is personal property.
    In a nut shell they should be replace irrespective of the outcomes of the remaining game.

  • chike abamara 7 years ago

    May Gd bless U,d prince of Monaco.i weep for Nigeria.am not a coach but sis were unforgiveable flaws noticed in d Sudan game.what dos keshi teach des players nothng.i can swear wt everythng.keshi has nothing to offer.no speed in super eagles game,long balls,no creativity,ball trapping was a problem,lack of confidence,no player runs with d ball to displace some players and free our players from their markers ball watching,inability to track players running in.we need overhaul in d eagles.modern football wit speed and well oiled and skillful midfield.no more long balls,young boys wit d zeal is wat we need.look at small Ghana.alwz ready to die in d pitch in defence of national pride.what is puffing our players.look at Germany.what do our players have dat is making dem to brag.we play 13th century football.ds is d worst big team Eva.nigeria hs Neva played well unda keshi fget d little result he was able to get.na ginger.no technical and tactical sarvy.eagles cannot put d ball on d ground and play.inaccurate passes and long balls from omeruo.we need change and now is d time.07038033290,07053257825.chike

  • detator 7 years ago

    i don,t care who take over the eagle job all i want is keshi must go
    he is not sincere poor on team selection fight with everyone who stood on is way arrogant and very proud individual who never take correction

  • Michael Omotor 7 years ago

    Nff , go hire Finidi George who is coaching in spain or hire the assistant coach in the person of Dan Amokachi. Hopefully, the players will be more receptive to coaching and to winning.

  • kingsley duru 7 years ago

    ohh I am touched, may God bless De prince, for speaking on behalf all Nigerian