By Johnny Edward:
Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick has poured cold water on the rumours that out-of-contract Super Eagles coach,nStephen Keshi’s recall after his sack was influnced by Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan.
In a monitored interview on Channels Television by Johnny Edward, Pinnick restated the federation’s reasons for recalling the coach who won the AFCON title for Nigeria in 2013 but failed to qualify the same team for the next edition next year in Equatorial Guinea.
“The President did not influence Keshi’s recall. I don’t know why we belittle the Presidency. He won’t stoop so low to do that. I’m a child of God, I don’t have to lie. Keshi had a contract that was still pending so when the board came on we agreed to send him on a one-year training abroad not to say he was dismissed. Don’t let’s talk about this issue this way. This is someone who won the Nations Cup. He is a hero,” said Pinnick who revealed why the Big Boss was recalled to oversee the last two games of the 2015 AFCON qualiying series.
“Amodu (Shaibu) influnced Keshi’s return. He (Amodu) consulted wide and felt Keshi should be allowed to complete the task. That was one of the reasons and aside from that, he gave us so many technicalities as to how we could help from the bench,” said the NFF president who unveiled his federation’s plans to make the technical crew of the national teams as well as the technical department of the NFF efficient and effective.
‘In January we are sending 17 coaches to England to study match analysis, the likes of Yisa Shofoluwe, Taribo West.
We don’t have a match reader in Nigeria and it’s affecting us. So when we play the game we play blindly but if we have match readers it will give the team analysis of the opposing team and how well to break them down or curtail them. A match reader chronicles the game and that will be an added advantage to Nigerian football. When a coach gets that detailed synopsis, he is fully equipped. We are trying to have about 50 in every national team we will have ten of them. That’s our scientific approach of winning games.’