Shocked Minister Okays Keshi’s Sack

Shocked Minister Okays Keshi’s Sack

Nigerian sports minister Tammy Danagogo has said he was shocked to learn that coach Stephen Keshi has been fired.

“I will say I am shocked at hearing the news,” said the minister, who has publicly supported the coach and facilitated his coming back to handle the Eagles without a contract.


“When they came back from Sudan and told me what they want to do, I told them they would be held responsible for whatever decision they are taking.

“Because if decisions were taken by organs then those organs should be able to stand up to whatever that comes out from such decisions.”


Danagogo said it was the NFF who could fire the coach.

“A lot of Nigerians appreciate Keshi for what he has done. But I think the ultimate decision of having him on the saddle lies with the NFF,” he said.

“If they insist that the only way they could achieve results is by having him step aside, well I hope that they succeed in bringing in new people who would change the dwindling fortunes in our football.”

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  • 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. 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.

  • We all saw it coming and Keshi himself must have seen it coming; why he came back at all to allow himself to be so rubbished is what I couldn’t understand. I thought this Illah, Delta State born chap was far smarter than that; if nothing else, the moment he saw that Aminu Maigari’s Board that didn’t want him back had organized a typically Nigerian-style election that had been ‘dollarised’ and the candidate with the farthest war chest backed by a brother in-law Governor had been installed NFF chairman, a man who never hid his disdain for his competence as a coach, Stephen Okechukwu Keshi should have seen that his days as Super Eagles Manager were over.
    To tell the truth, I was for him continuing as Super Eagles Manager after the World Cup to consolidate on what he had started. But watching the body language and listening to the vitriolic of many NFA officials and such ex-internationals like Victor Ikpeba and Garba Lawal and seeing the hatchet job being done by many Nigerian Journalists in the Print and Online Media, except for a few self-respecting men like Muminu Alao and Onochie Anibeze, I had thought that the best thing that Keshi owed himself was to have simply called time on the Super Eagles job. And I thought he really meant to do that until he allowed the sentiments of not allowing the Eagles to commence the AFCON qualifying campaigns within such a short space of time without a new coach.
    Perhaps he didn’t want the ever emotive Nigerian fan, sports journalists and the spin doctors in the NFF executive who routinely abused the leverage they had in the media, to turn around tomorrow and accuse him of abandoning the National team because he had not been offered a new and improved contract; so he came down here without a contract on an ad-hoc arrangement with the Minister while a bunch of shameless opportunists in the NFA bent on plunging Nigerian football into the abyss sorted themselves out.
    Whoever does that in a nation where people love to live a lie? Did he think he was indispensable? Did he think all those who were still grieving over the events that culminated in his initial resignation after the AFCON triumph and all the accolades that came his way, have suddenly cleared all the green in their eyes?
    He talked about being sabotaged. That I am almost certain must have happened big time. But he won’t be the first to be sabotaged. It’s been our way; especially with indigenous coaches. Ask Samson Siasia. Ask Chief Festus Onigbinde. And even ask the perennial interim coach – Shaibu Amodu? NFF officials, players, Journalists whose favourite players and kinsmen don’t get called to the national team embark on all sorts of ridiculous campaigns to whip up public sentiments and run down coaches. It has happened before and this won’t be the last either.
    But it would seem that in Keshi’s case, Nigerians, sports journalist in particular, in spite of their well-known antecedents, have allowed particular prejudice, bias, envy, sheer hatred and unbelievable degree of illiteracy to becloud their judgment that one is left wondering. The news that has been all over the sporting press was the ‘sacking’ of Stephen Keshi and his technical crew from their Super Eagles job but pray how do you sack someone that you didn’t have a contract with? To the best of everyone’s knowledge, Keshi’s job with the NFA ended after the World Cup in Brazil and he was only prevailed upon to act in an ad-hoc arrangement pending when an NFA executive that was about destroying themselves and Nigerian football sorted out themselves. Until Wednesday Keshi was acting in that capacity without any legally binding contract. So where does the word ‘sack’ come in there?
    I had thought that some mischievous fellows were trying to court trouble for Amaju Pinnick and his team so early in the day when they embarked on malapropism that they had ‘sacked’ a man they never had a contract with until I read the reasons the man himself gave to the Minister of Sports, “that they had to sack Keshi for his personal safety”. Interesting. It’s either Amaju Pinnick doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘sack’ or he has just allowed his long-standing resentment for the man to overtake him. Except Stephen Keshi doesn’t mind that orchestrated and deliberate soiling of his CV does he have a lawyer? I understand his manager is one. Did he read how Appiah refused to allow himself to be messed up by the Ghanaian FA? If I were him, I’d tell some people to rectify some claims or else they’d be hearing from my Lawyers sooner rather than later.
    As for Keshi, I’d let him know that some of us believed in him and will continue to remember him as the one who restored our faith in the Super Eagles and our locally based players when faith in the national team was at its lowest ebb. We will remember him as the one who brought the fans back home to the stadium when Eagles played. Did he make some mistakes now and again? Yes, of course and who doesn’t? I‘d advise him to take all he has learnt from the Eagles job here and be a far better and achieving manager elsewhere.
    Something tells me we would certainly meet this man again somewhere, sometime!

  • David 7 years ago

    am sure you are on the pay roll of stephen keshi. Have been following all your response ever since and I have discovered that you deliberately HATE Nigeria and can even join the Boko Haram to destroy Nigeria. You expected a proud, aggressive, disrespectful coach who does not regard his employer a bit to be retained for the JOB. A coach who fight and keep Malice with all our STARS. All because SUNDAY MBA refused to allow him to dictate his footballing career. He kicked that Innocent guy out of Super Eagles. Reluctantly he took Osaze to the world cup after a lot of persuasion. Osaze finally gave us the only WINNING we had in the world cup. Where is John Ogu who performed brilliantly at the Nations cup. Where is Ikechukwu Uche, Iheanacho, our wonder kid, Obafemi Martins, Chinedu Obasi and our rest STARS. He ENVIED all of hem and kicke them out and here you are saying RUBBISH.

  • Everyone of them is at fault here, our football is a reflection of how the Nigeria government run the country, the simple word is Corruption with a capital C.