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Keshi Over Stayed His Welcome –Jaja

Posted: Jul 13, 2015 at 12:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tony Ezimakor Abuja

Former member of the board of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Sam Sam Jaja, has blamed Stephen Keshi for his sack as Super Eagles Head Coach.



Jaja said that Keshi’s problem was that he lacked confidence and also overrated himself, adding that the coach over stayed his welcome.

He said that Keshi overrated himself after winning the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and took advantage of the sentiment of former president, Goodluck Jonathan, to hang on to  the Eagles job.

He said that Keshi was foisted on Nigerians by the Jonathan, acting on the chance victory of 2013 Nations Cup which he described as a ‘flash in the pan’.

“I would have sacked him (keshi) if was there, because he has no confidence in himself,” he said.

“When he won the Africa Cup of Nations, I told people that the best thing Keshi should do is to bow out when the ovation was loudest. But he didn’t do that. He over rated himself, went to the World Cup and performed woefully.

“I thought the right thing for him to do was apologise to Nigerians and move on as someone who knows his limits. That would have given him some respect, he again didn’t do that. Even when he was sacked and the government brought him back and foisted as bitter pill, I told friends that the best for Keshi was to quit. That sack has dealt his confidence a heavy blow; having lost confidence how can he build a team?”

He said that the manner Keshi was chasing after national team job, suggests a man who was not only desperate but lacking in confidence to excel on his assigned task, and therefore does not merit anybody’s sympathy.

“Was he not aware he was under contract when he went to Equatorial Guinea to seek for job? If that was not so obvious, didn’t he know he was under contract when he applied to coachCote d’ Ivoire? Even when he was in a job he was looking for job elsewhere. So he was not comfortable and knew that he will not achieve anything dramatic.

“That perhaps was why he kept holding this one while looking for job elsewhere” Jaja reasoned, adding that Keshi deserved what he got from his former employers.