Out of contract Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi has hit back at suggestions the Nigeria Football Federation may opt for a foreign coach following his failure to qualify Nigeria for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Keshi is vehemently opposing the move and wants the NFF led by Amaju Pinnick to also ensure they get foreign players that will play for the country if they must go ahead with the plan to hire a foreign coach.
” We should also bring foreign players to play for Nigeria. So if they bring a white foreign European Coach, they should come along with ‘Oyinbo’ [white] players.” Keshi told www.footballlive.ng in an interview.
The Big Boss, as Keshi was called during his playing days is yet to be offered a new contract by the NFF and there are insinuations he may be offered one soon as he enjoys the support of the president ,Goodluck Jonathan who ordered his reinstatement after he was sacked last month by the NFF.
Many Nigerians and some members of the NFF executive committee however feel Keshi should take a walk after his transition from hero to zero following the unimpressive performances and ouster of the Eagles from next year’s AFCON.
But Keshi is adamant that he is the right man to lead the Super Eagles into the future.
“If a team fails, sacking the coach won’t solve the problem. The authority should look beyond the coach to find solutions to the problem.
“I can’t deny it is a shame that we failed to qualify. On my part, I failed the nation but my players took South Africa for granted, a match they needed to win,” Keshi said.