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Stephen Keshi: Nailed By His Antics

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 4:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Uzor Odigbo  – Lagos


Twice sacked former Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi’s turbulent spell as coach of Nigeria came to an end after he was shown the exit door by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) on aSaturday Night, July 4th 2015.

The NFF made the announcement amid reports that Keshi, who led the Super Eagles to the round of 16 at the World Cup last summer, applied for the vacant Cote d’Ivoire coaching job.

“Having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ head coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to achieve the Federation’s objectives as set out in the coach’s employment contract,… We recommend the Head Coach Mr Stephen Keshi is in breach of the contract of employment hence same has become voidable.” read a statement on the NFF’s official website.

The history of Nigerian Football cannot be completed without the role played by Keshi both as a player and coach of the senior male national team. Indeed he has received national honours for his contributions to the development of Nigerian Football.

He was captain of the senior national team to the World Cup in 1994, which incidentally was the country’s maiden appearance in the world cup. A long serving captain at a time the national team played excellent and enjoyable football.

There is no denying the fact that Keshi from Ila in Delta state has leadership skills, the way he motivated teams he was involved in, at Local or European clubs and the national teams both as player and coach.

man-in-the-news-keshiAs outstanding as he has been in Nigerian football, Keshi has also been a lightning rod. He was the first Nigerian player to be banned from both the national team and   the Nigerian league.

On his return to the national team, Keshi became the leader of what was known as the “Benin Mafia”. He is believed to have had control on players in the national team during his playing days. Not a few Nigerian football experts claimed that total obedience to him was absolutely necessary to survive in the national team.

Keshi’s present circumstance is quite unfortunate. He was a haunted man. A man that the people want to set on fire cannot dab himself in inflammable oil.

This NFF never wanted him and his personal failings of testing the ‘elastic band’ to its limit has finally snapped. No one should cry for Keshi, because he has done well for himself, and  only has himself to blame.