Keshi: I Will Never Turn My Back On Nigeria

Keshi: I Will Never Turn My Back On Nigeria

Out-of-contract Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi says it is only the Nigeria Football Federation that has the power to hire coaches for the national teams and he will not say no if the Federation offers him a contract to continue as coach of the Super Eagles.

Apparently replying to the House of Representatives comments in the media that It (the lower national legislative house) can help the NFF to ‘chase’ him away.


Keshi however says it would be unfair to criticize him after the NFF offered him a new contract to continue as Super Eagles trainer.

“I have been severely hurt by the comments some persons have made about my person in recent months but I prefer to focus on the future.

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“The NFF is the body that decides who should coach the national team and if they say they want Keshi, who am I to turn my back on my country?

“I am a professional coach and can coach anywhere in the world but if your country wants you, it’s only proper that you listen to the offer and see how it goes,” Keshi toldsupersport.com.

The coach then went on to discuss his “special bond with Nigerian football” adding that he would give his best coaching the national team if contract talks with the NFF on Wednesday (yesterday) go smoothly.

“It is true that my representatives will be discussing with the NFF about the contract.
“Contracts are a two-way thing. You talk about what you want, what you don’t like and the other party does same.

“I cannot say for now if I will sign the contract. We just have to see how it goes.
“The truth is I have a special bond with Nigerian football. I played for Nigeria at junior and senior levels and won a lot of trophies with my country.

“Winning the Afcon title in South Africa as a coach is also something very special to me.
“I will want to continue to serve my country but we just have to wait and see how it goes,” he said.

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  • Saint Palmer 7 years ago

    Lol..KESHI played in the local league, for juniors and senior teams,captained and won trophies,also coached and won trophy for Nigeria,tough players get paid and good, but what have those HOUSE OF REPS THIEVES does for NIGERIA ?..go to school,get in to office and start looting funds, if there is anybody to be chase out of the country then it should be them….bunch of criminals..

  • Chiffo 7 years ago

    Keshi has has done so wellllllllllll.
    But whatever has a beginning mus have an end.
    If he chose to gamble with mediocre over merit to prove a point, he must be humble enough to take responsibility for his failure.
    Keshi did not fail for lack of quality players,and that he knows, and worst still he has not apologized to soccer loving Nigerians neither has he turned a new leaf rather he is adamant and unrepentant.

    Way forward, lets get a local interim coach for the Super Eagles, wait and see how Manu Garba and Samson Siasia perform at the under 20 and Olympics and based on that hand over to them with siasia as head coach and Grba as Assistant.
    Or if they fail in their competitions, hire a quality Dutch coach or South American to re discover our dear SE.