Keshi Begs NFF, Regrets Eagles AFCON Miss

Keshi Begs NFF, Regrets Eagles AFCON Miss

Stephen Keshi has apologised to Nigerians over his protracted contract talks with the country’s football federation.

A very sober coach Keshi in an exclusive interview with AfricanFootball.com also apologised personally to NFF president Amaju Pinnick and entire executive committee of the Nigeria Football Federation.


“I have used the last few weeks for a deep sober reflections and I have realised that I have made mistakes,” he said.

“I want to sincerely apologise first to Nigerians. Even though I did it when we failed to qualify for the AFCON. But no amount apology is too much for Nigerians, and from the depth of my heart I am really sorry for the pains I may have directly or indirectly caused Nigerians.

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“I ask for their forgiveness because I know that once Nigerians are behind you and support the team we will all succeed.”

He added: “I want to personally apologise to the NFF president Amaju Pinnick and the executive committee members. I personally like the manner in which they have handled things. I want to ask their forgiveness in anyway I have erred. Like it is said, it is human to err and divine to forgive.

“Now that we have entered a new page, I want to say that the last few years as the Eagles coach was a learning curve for me. I have made mistakes and those mistakes have made me better and I learnt a lot from them.

“I want to also apologise and appeal to the media. They are my friends in the media and I need them to succeed. I ask the media to forgive me and put the past behind because I need them for the Eagles to succeed.”

Keshi is expected to soon sign a two-year contract that would take him to the 2017 AFCON.

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  • Saint Palmer 7 years ago

    Hold On please, i knew sunny obazu is the CS CEO and Mumini alao is the deputy editor hope am right, but who re the other puppets reporting for CS.?..why they never post up an article and quote their names..?..okay who reported the news ?..copy and pasted i guess, KESHI APOLOGISE TO NFF no big deal , So what`s KESHI BEGS NFF..?..hyprocrite..

  • onoja 7 years ago

    I share same view with you palmer. I’m really vexed here. When has it now become a crime to fail? Must you ridicule this guy to offer him another contract? Do your checks and let him be if he does not meet your criteria. So Annoying

  • completesportsnigeria are beginning to be like ‘others.’ I don’t know why they suddenly decided to lower their standard. Is this news out to disgrace and shame Keshi or what? NIGERIANS are tired of this kind of Pull Him Down(PHD) sort of news. Keshi is a Nigerian, paying his tax. He is not a criminal and he has contributed to the agenda of ‘let’s move Nigeria forward.’ Completesportsnigeria hate Keshi which is as a result of someone or a group of completesportsnigeria staff envying the salary Keshi is receiving or about to receive. Where were these Enviers when those 419 oyibo coaches were receiving 10x the salary Keshi is receiving or about to receive? You see yoursel(ves)f? My advice: Give us better news as we are not interested in pulling down our fellow NIGERIAN. AfricanFootball.com is a foreign magazine I guess. That says it all.

  • Abolaji Nurudeen 7 years ago

    Keshi is playing out a well written script – In the event that Johnathan loses the election, I will beg the NFF. Isn’t that what this is about? Come on Nigerians, we need to address the many failings of Keshi. This is a man who thinks he knows it all; very arrogant; egocentric; very cranky with player selection; extremely vindictive (Mba, Ideye, Ogu etc) and he also makes profit at the detriment of the team. Need I tell you all that Keshi is the author of his own predicament! He disintegrated the same team he built in 2013 by inexplicably ostracizing the likes of Mba, Ideye and Ogu from the team. He turned the national team into a laughing stock by inviting players from unheralded leagues. Keshi, when Siasia failed to qualify us for AFCON, he was fired; why must Nigerians hold on to you? You had a fiduciary duty to Nigerians and you failed, the best thing to do now is to leave honourably.


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