Keshi Alleges Gang Up Against Eagles!

Keshi Alleges Gang Up Against Eagles!

–Says some people are working for the team’s failure

Super Eagles caretaker manager Stephen Keshi has alleged there is a gang-up against him not to succeed as Nigeria face elimination from next year’s AFCON in Morocco.


The Super Eagles, who won the competition in 2013, are currently bottom of Group A after a shock 1-0 defeat away to Sudan and just a single point from three games in the qualifiers.
Nigeria host Sudan, who are now third in the standings with three points, in a return fixture tomorrow in Abuja.

Next month, they travel to second-placed Congo, who defeated them 3-2 in September, before the arrival of group leaders South Africa.


Nigeria have to win all three matches and hope other results go their way if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the finals in Morocco in January.

Keshi, whose position has been the subject of repeated speculation, has apologised for the defeat to Sudan but at the same time claimed there was a conspiracy to ensure that he fails.

“There is a sabotage by some people. I won’t mention their names but they know themselves.
They want to run this team down,” he claimed.

“Some people are ready to sell this country for a dime. They want to sabotage the Super Eagles.
“It’s a shame. They don’t want this team to get to the Afcon (Nations Cup), they want this team to lose outright. But they are not God.

“And this is not Keshi’s team. Keshi is a professional coach and after this (assignment), he will get another job elsewhere.”

Nigeria fans awaiting the team’s return from Sudan at Abuja airport on Sunday roundly booed the players and question marks about Keshi’s future dominated the media on Monday.

The 52-year-old does not have a contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after his initial three-year deal ran out following the World Cup finals in Brazil.

He led Nigeria to win a third Nations Cup last year and guided the Eagles to reach the World Cup knockout stage.

But he has lost the support of many players after much-publicised rows with the likes of Emmanuel Emenike, Peter Odemwingie and Ikechukwu Uche.

His record of five defeats, five draws and just one victory in the last 11 matches has only compounded dissatisfaction.

“The boys did not play for their coach (against Sudan) and he (Keshi) should now know what to do,” said Larry Izamoje, owner of Nigeria’s all-sports radio Brila FM.

The NFF’s new president Amaju Pinnick also criticised the defeat in Khartoum but maintained that they will not rush a decision over Keshi’s future and would act in the country’s best interest.

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  • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago

    I am not close enough to the team to speculate if there is a gang up or not. But when you invite unknown untested new players to the National Team for crucial must win away games, the coach is digging his own grave. Nigeria fired blanks away to South Africa and Sudan, and played poorly Vs Congo. Most Nigerians have lost faith in Keshi for his questionable decisions.

    I can assure Mr. Keshi that if he had invited Iheanacho, Isaac Success, Chuks Aneke, or Abdul Ajagun (invited Ike Uche or Martins to help score goals), if he played Aluko instead of leaving him on the bench many Nigerians would have clamoured for Keshi to remain coach and be givent a new contract. Inviting the above players would make Nigeria see that Keshi is aware of the problem areas in the team and is doing something to address those issues.

    But as things stand now Nigeria do not understand what Keshi’s agenda is or how he is planing to move the team in the right direction. Keshi has used his own hands to deprive himself of a new lucrative Super Eagles contract.

  • Marsh 7 years ago

    @ SoccerInNigeria, please with due respect i beg to differ with your analyses, Keshi played this same Aluko against South Africa and nothing happened but i don’t mean he(Aluko) is a bad player. My brother, there is a problem with the entire team and we should look at it from that angle. Listen, i prefer local based players than this foreign players to be honest. Look at when a local base player came in, i think his name is Lawal, he held the ball with good control that allowed Mikel to move further and join the attack. The game plan was good but the execution has always been poor and this comes from the player not the coach because the assumption is that this guys are professionals and should know what to do. It’s sad. My advise is for Keshi to leave this job and find another job elsewhere. Tomorrow’s i can tell you that eagles with lose it with this same set of players, Emenike and co.

  • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago


    Raheem Adewole Lawal has been based in Europe since 2009, he has played for the Super Eagles about 5 times, and he also played in the U-23 Olympic Qualifiying Tournament in Moroco in 2012 and scored 3 goals vs Algeria. Lawal is an experience European based player not a home based professional.

    Aluko is not a magician or Messi. Aluko plays for Hull City. Aluko has always played within the context of the team. Keshi brought Aluko into the game with about 15 minutes left to play. What do u expect Aluko to do? Dribble the whole south african team and score a Marodonic goal? The team played poorly in South Africa. Aluko is not a Saviour of the Super Eagles.

    Keshi is the Coach and he is responsible for the performance or non performance of the Team. There is no escaping that responsibility. If you are saying the players played rubbish, Keshi is still responsible because he selected those players that played rubbish.

    @Marsh if there is one thing I learned when obtaining my 2 football coaching certifications is two different continents is that a coach is always responsible for the performance of the team. Keshi has won only 1 game out of 12 games. This poor performance is no coincidence.