NFF Fires Keshi As Super Eagles Coach

Former Super Eagles Coach
Former Super Eagles Coach
Former Super Eagles Coach

By Nuel Suji, Abuja.

The Nigeria Football Federation has terminated the appointment of Mr. Stephen Keshi as Head Coach of the Senior National Football Team, Super Eagles over lack of commitment to its job.

A statement by the Executive Committee NFF on Saturday said the football body reviewed its agreement with Keshi and found him wanting in his commitment to the assignment given to him.

“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 Mr. 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,” it said.

Adding that, “To this end and pursuant to the provisions of Clause 4.3 of the Employment Contract between Mr. Stephen Keshi and the NFF (The Contract) and the various clauses therein, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with the Federation with immediate effect.”

According to NFF, the decision to fire Keshi was “without prejudice to the settlement of any existing and due financial obligations between the NFF and Mr. Keshi.”

First Vice President of NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who spoke on the issue expressed appreciation to Keshi over his service to the nation while in the saddle with the Super Eagles, adding that NFF’s took the action  in the over all interest of Nigeria football.

“In the interim, the Super Eagles’ team affairs will be jointly managed by Assistant Coach, Salisu Yusuf and the Technical Directorate of the NFF headed by Coach Shuaibu Amodu, until the Federation names in due course a new Head Coach, who, along with the NFF will chart a new direction for the Super Eagles to ensure credible participation in international competitions and assist in building a sustainable football culture for the country,” he added.