Keshi Set For Ethiopia Job

Keshi Set For Ethiopia Job

Immediate past coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, Stephen Keshi may not have exaggerated on his claims of having ‘other offers’ outside Nigeria, as SL10.ng can exclusively report that the 52-year old is a subject of interest from the Ethiopia Football Federation.

The former Nigeria skipper was replaced as the Super Eagles coach on Thursday by the Amaju Pinnick-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) executive committee and promptly replaced by Amodu Shuaibu – albeit on an interim capacity.

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However, SL10.ng have exclusively gathered from sources inside the Ethiopia Football Federation (EFF) that the EFF have shortlisted Keshi, as well as two other coaches to replace the under-fire Mariano Barreto, who’s currently handling the Ethiopian men’s national football team.

The Walya Ibex of Ethiopia are bottom of group B, in the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with three points from four games – their first and only win coming on Wednesday in a  hard fought 3-2 win over Mali in Bamako. And with qualification looking very unlikely, the EFF have shortlisted three candidates that could replace the 57-year old Barreto, with Stephen Keshi being the prime candidate.

The Ethiopia Football Federation are yet to make any official statement to this effect, but SL10.ng understands that the executive committee led by Juneidi Basha will meet within the next two weeks to decide Barreto’s fate, and possibly the appointment of Keshi.

“The executive committee will meet within the next two weeks because Barreto will be fired, and Keshi is likely to be appointed. Two other coaches have also been shortlisted but many of the executive committee members believe Keshi is the right man,” a source informed SL10.ng.

Barreto, an Indian-born Portuguese coach replaced Bishaw Sewnet in April 2014 and was tasked with leading the Walya Ibex to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations but with Ethiopia all but out of the qualifying race, Keshi looks set to become the next coach of the Ethiopian team.
Meanwhile, the Stephen Keshi camp has refused to deny or confirm the interest. Emmanual Ado, Keshi’s agent told SL10.ng that they would not be confirming or denying anything at the moment.

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  • You have th right to coach any where sir.

  • THIRD EYE 8 years ago

    keshi should accept the NFF offer for him to attend a Course so that he can upskill in his skills as a coach.This is actually a very great offer.if he can get more coaching experience, one day in future he may come back as the Coach of the Super Eagles.
    Amodu was out and now back again…what will stop keshi from returning again some day ?
    So he should go for the Coach training and will become a better coach in future.
    We wish you well keshi…and the NFF took a great step too…..But Nigerians say No..No..No..No..to any foreign coach.

  • THIRD EYE 8 years ago

    The Coach of the best team in the Nigerian Premier League should be the Coach of the National Team…The Super Eagles.
    We have far more talented coaches in the country….

    Nigerians SAY…No…No…No…No…No…No..No..No.. to a foreign coach.

    The thing you are looking for in Sokoto in already in your Shokoto…
    NO…NO…NO..NO.. NO…to any foreign coach.( Join the campaign now )

  • Saint Palmer 8 years ago

    Keshi dont need their useless Coaching Course offer, what he need is the money they are owning him,they should pocket their offer, am very sure by this time next year they will be back to the football wilderness where they were before Keshi took over, bunch of backward mind people..

  • Steve 8 years ago

    Nff should used that offer for coaching course to coach themselves on proper management of an association. For the last five months the idiots have been embarrassing the nation through in fighting and court cases and no body said anything about it and yet they felt they can embarrass Keshi through such utterances, a nations cup winner!? .Well I wish Keshi well in all his endeavors.

  • shege luzzy 8 years ago

    No doubt,soccer loving Nigerians had lost confidence in Keshi and the NFF did what they felt was right in these circumstances.But the choice of Shuaibu Amodu amongst others is much more annoying.Shuaibu’s supposed records of qualifying the Eagles for 2 world cups should not be any reason to bring in a coach whose charisma is zero and the carriage to make his wards play for him lacking.He has done his bits and has no relevance to this situation.

  • doluv 8 years ago

    so now promise land Kate they carry the super eagles they go? Nawaho Kate they scatter the team some said he they carry us to the promise land with kick n follow football way the super eagles they play.

  • SCOTT 8 years ago

    they shud hv left keshi until after d qualifying series. dis sack move may affect d players morale. all d best for d SE.