Westerhof Warns: Don’t Let Keshi Go

Westerhof Warns: Don’t Let Keshi Go

By Sab Osuji:

Former Nigeria manager, Clemense Westerhof has warned Nigeria Football Federation on the dangers of not renewing Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi’s contract, saying not extending the Big Boss’ managerial responsibility of the senior national team will spell doom for team.

“I don’t know what’s happening, why have they not given Stephen Keshi a new contract, why, he did well in the first period and it’s okay for Nigeria for Keshi to continue his job”, Westerhof roared when he spoke with Complete Sports.

“Keshi played under me when I was Super Eagles coach, he was a good team leader and he learned how to lead very well. He has put that in when he led the Super Eagles to win the Nations Cup last year and reach the World Cup second round.

“That was good enough; he has reached my record, but did not erase it, (laughs). So I don’t know what the problem is, why they don’t want to give him a new contract but if he goes, that will be too bad for Nigeria and the Super Eagles because no country or team leaves out its successful coach”, Westerhof cautioned.

The one time Sundowns of South Africa manager admitted that Super Eagles have not done well in the two qualifying games played so far in the race for the 2015 AFCON in Morocco, making do with just a point from a maximum of six, he none-the-less stated that a settled mind will always produce excellent result.

“It’s not a good result, they can do better but how do you do well when you have no contract and you are not sure of your tomorrow?

“The Super Eagles can still go to Morocco if they can still come together and win the remaining matches. Keshi knows what to do but it will be bad if the federation allows him toleave by not giving a new contract.

“If he goes, it will take a long time for the Super Eagles to be strong again, the new manager will take long time to build a strong team again.”

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  • TruthisBitter 6 years ago

    Sorry Mr.Westerhof since winning the AFCON 2013 title….this team has dwinddled in strenght…..they need 100 matches to blend as a team to be able to make accurate passes atleast and before then injuries everywhere……Big shame….I dont have confidence watching the SE play again….I cant even brag that my own SE are the African champions…..I dont even want to mention the type of corner kicks they play…..just like secondary school boys and not professionals……sometimes it is so shameful watching these SE players….they cannot take good set piece and score except Emenike and unless the goal keeping is a cheerful giver then he scores….the corner kicks by Musa during the worldcup and even during the recent qualifiers is nothing to talk about…..sometimes I wonder……God help us.

  • Samuel 6 years ago

    In fact NFF should better call back Siasia to handle the team because I don’t see any good football playing under Keshi no pattern they are just struggle Keshi just fortunate winning nation cup please call back Siasia or Oliseh…

  • If we want a drastic change and Good pattern of football SIASIA must be considered. With all the matches played under Stephen Keshi were all game of luck. No skill demonstrated, no accurate passes. A word is enough for the wise.

  • Bros Pee 6 years ago

    let’s try Oliseh as coach, Garba Lawal assistant i’m sure this two men will make us smile again.

  • Like I have always said, u can’t allow or sack Keshi now expecially when the race of qualification is still on. Even if we employ a new coach now is never going grantee us an automatic qualification to Morocco 2015, rather a new coach is going to affect the present team negatively because whoever is going to be will want to build his own team thereby bringing his own boys, but with Keshi at this stage our country should be rest assured that our will surely fly at Morocco 2015, with a new contract sign and sell Keshi will bring out best from our boys and they will win all their remaining matches, he has done it before and he can still do it again. Keshi has already createa a good reputation of himself as the best coach in Africa and as am writing he remains the no1 rank coach in Africa and no14 in the globe. Now tell me can the Nff get any of the top 13 rank coaches for the super eagles? Ur answer is as good as mine. Please let appreciate what we have got before it becomes too late.

  • Tunexy4u 6 years ago

    We need to put our house in order first by electing new NFF president and give Keshi a new contract. I don’t know why some people are clamoring for a new coach, Keshi has performed and should be allowed to continue because if a new coach comes in now he would start the rebuilding process all over again. Meanwhile that does not mean Keshi is innocent he needs to inject fresh legs in the team especially in the mid-field. I dont see anything wrong with Iheanacho being introduced at this time when Mikel is not on top of his game, we need players who can unlock the defence and feed the strikers that does not mean Mikel should be discarded we still need him but should play the role he plays for Chelsea. A word they say is enough for the wise.