NFF: Why We ‘Sacked’ Keshi

NFF: Why We ‘Sacked’ Keshi

–Football House insist decision was inevitable

Amaju Pinnick, president of the Nigeria Football Federation says the decision to relive Stephen Keshi and his team of their job was in the best interest of Nigerians.


Keshi had been widely criticised for the poor performance of the national team in the qualifying games for the 2015 African Nations cup.

Keshi was sacked in the early hours of yesterday despite leading the Super Eagles to a 1-0 home win against Sudan that kept the team in the running to defend their African title.


The Super Eagles were rock bottom of Group A in qualifying for next year’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations after taking just one point from their opening three matches but a 3-1 win against Sudan in Abuja on Wednesday lifted them to third. Speculation about 52-year-old Keshi’s future has refused to go away since the end of the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, where Nigeria reached the knock-out stages of the competition.

Keshi’s three-year deal ran out after the return from South America and his record of five defeats, five draws and just one victory in the last 11 matches has only compounded dissatisfaction and led to calls for him to quit.

However, following a 3-1 home win against Sudan on Wednesday and a hostile attitude towards the coach, the NFF executive committee, on Thursday, released a statement, announcing the sack of the coach.

“We did that because we saw a lot of things that had happened in the past, there were issues that bothered about security, from the beginning of the game, we saw that a hero in Keshi was booed from the beginning of the match.

The NFF President also stated that security agents had to interfere because at the end of the match people were running to the pitch.

“We took all this decision to save him and let him know that he’s a hero and should remain a hero.”

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise, Pinnick mentioned that the last NFF administration had signed Amodu Shuaibu as the Technical Director of the football federation and he is just to manage the remaining two matches.

‘Appointment of Shaibu Amodu is following tradition of appointing the head of the technical dept to take temporary charge of the team,”Pinnick explained.

He also suggested that the former coach and his administration could go for a refresher courses anywhere which would be sponsored by the NFF, adding that in the future this would help him if he decides to come back as Eagles coach.

Pinnick apologised to the fans for the steps taken, “It is not a decision that is primordial based or playing to the gallery but looking at documentations as it relates to the way forward.”

He also noted that Keshi would be paid all outstanding entitlement within two weeks. He debunked the reports making the rounds that the Super Eagles players played for Keshi and not Nigeria.

“Does it sound right for us to say the boys played for Keshi and not for the nation? So if a new coach comes I now what will they do? We took the decision in the best interest of the nation,’he said.

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  • you are just another corrupt NFF chairman, you guys couldn’t pay a local coach but want to hire a foreign one, also what difference do you think Amodu will bring to the table? I think you should bring Oliseh in as fast as you can or better still give Siasia a chance not this amodu with shoot and follow football.

  • Samuel 7 years ago

    They should have give the Job to Siasia or Oliseh they should have give Sisasia a second chance instead of Amodu because no different between Keshi and Amodu anyway all is well I wish Siasia best in the under 23 team job…God bless 9ja !

  • paul enyi 7 years ago

    ade, i agree with you on NFF but dont mention Siasia Again. he is worse than Amoduoooo……at least at this point in time. i expect Siasia to have proved himself since he was sacked from coaching eagles. Must it be Nigeria only. very soon keshi will get another country to caoch and do well. he does not need NFF training course to succeed in future.

  • Let’s wait and see. I wonder if any reasonable country will want to hire someone with that last record of a single Win in 10matches, pattern less style of play, bad use of word and poor response to criticism. Let’s wait and see. Another question is how much will they give him? If he is that good as he think of himself, why didn’t SA hire him? They completely ignored him. It is only in Nigeria we celebrate mediocre and allow all kind of excuses such as re-building for over two years around old people such as Ameobi.

    Can you see the changes that the local SA coach brought into the team in less that 2months? mean while we will be building for over two years on Agbim. We need to call a spade a spade to move on.
    Sound understanding of modern football should be an important criteria in employment or appointing a coach. This is watch Keshi lack seriously. No technical input at all. Coaching is more that just forming fatherhood over players and expecting everybody to be loyal to you and if they don’t, you axe them out like Iheanacho who left Camp during CHAN preparation to settle is club issues and because of that became Keshi’s enemy.

  • Anyone at this point in time shocked at the sacking of Stephen Keshi is simply not sincere to himself. Numbers don’t lie. How many matches has he won in the last 13 games the Eagles played? By the day, the fortune of SE was dwindling under his watch because of his arrogance and selfishness. A coach that will fight and divide his players at every opportunity. His behaviors made Siasia look like a saint and that explains the second coming of Siasia to U23 as NFF now realized that they made a mistake in sacking SiaSia in the first place. I heard you claimed to have been sabotaged. How can you claim sabotage now, Keshi? Who and how were you sabotaged? You dug your grave yourself man.

    And all you Keshi blind supporters, where are you? Now that your god is sacked, what are you going to do about it? KolaUs, Game 147, Cambioso, Keshi until you die.. For you, Keshi till you die, I think it’s time you hugged the transformer. For you KolaUS, Samson Siasia that you have killed several times with your Jankara market posts on KON has resurrected and what can you do now? Let’s wait and see who will give your god job now.

    …and did I hear anybody say the players played for Keshi, not Nigeria? Why hae they not played for him all this while? Why must it get to this level before they played for him, yes, they are his players who came to Eagles through the back door. They are players who can never smell invitation only if the coaches make their selection on merit. Those are the players who paid their ways to Eagles, and for sure they will play for him..

  • WALE AFOLAYAN 6 years ago

    I wish keshi goodluck after the sack life continue