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Surprise Move! After Nigeria’s Historic Win at the 2013 AFCON, Coach Stephen Keshi Resigns



Nigeria's coach Stephen Keshi carried by players
Stephen Keshi has resigned his position as the head coach of the Nigerian Senior Football Team, the Super Eagles.

The news was broken online by SuperSport presenter, Robert Marawa who tweeted the following:
Stephen Keshi has just announced that he handed over his resignation letter after the game exclusively on [email protected] Marawa on MetroFM

RMKeshi hinted that he was “fired” before the AFCON match against Ivory Coast as Nigerian Football Authorities did not believe the Super Eagles would progress beyond that stage of the competition. Though there is no “official” word on the reason for this move, sports pundits are speculating that the continuous “meddling” and “lack of support” by the Nigerian Football Authorities are among the reasons for his resignation.

The Head Coach role of the Super Eagles has a major high turnover rate, Keshi is the 19th coach in 19 years. He was quoted as saying “It’s a shame in Africa, When there’s an African coach nobody wants to give you time, they want you to have the job today, build a wonderful team tomorrow and next year win the World Cup. If only we could work out how these things work we could have more success. But most coaches aren’t given freedom to work so they are held back.

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  1. Son of God

    February 11, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Keshi has paid his dues and he did the right thing by resigning…. in my opinion……What’s the point having a job where you can’t trust your bosses…..In Nigeria’s case,the bosses(NFF) don’t even have a damn clue how to administer sh***t……Can’t wait to see them hire another Caucasian” fruitcake” like Berti Vogt & Largerback………Good luck to Mr Keshi in his future endeavors ……As for NFF,back to square one.

    • Ayana

      February 12, 2013 at 12:08 am

      you’ve said it all…

  2. Someone

    February 11, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    The NFF should have tried all they can to make Keshi change his mind. They undermined him and now this is the result. When a new coach come in now, he will need to start a new building process. NFF shame on you.

  3. birdieblue

    February 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm


  4. candyjay

    February 11, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    OMG i feel so disappointed, when i was just thinking he was gonna take us to the world cup and he had to go

    • Simya

      February 11, 2013 at 11:58 pm

      We dint qualify for world cup, unless you’re talking about 2018

  5. Visit

    February 11, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I wish he had stayed longer though.. wish him all the best! The next coach has his work cut out for him..

  6. macaulay

    February 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    i we like 2 stay back we need more victory please i need need world cup


    February 11, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I’m not surprised this happened. He already caught a lot of flack for not following the quota system and was heavily criticised for picking igbo players. Never mind that the players he chose were good. The NFF ought to be ashamed of themselves. Stephen Keshi virtually performed a miracle with the Eagles

  8. Anon

    February 11, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Typical Big Boss. He has called their bluff.

  9. grace u

    February 11, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Hey nawaoh wish u good luck keshi missed u n love u becos of a footprint u leave in our heart

  10. tunsbaby

    February 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    This is leaving the stage when the ovation is loudest,I salute your courage man. A very smart move bro, Wishing you all the best!!!

  11. Anonymous

    February 11, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    I’m glad he’s leaving while the ovation is loudest. I would have done the same thing. All the best Mr. Keshi, you have done well!

  12. miskimbis

    February 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    i totally respect Keshi’s decision, he has shown a good attribute of leadership. he has equally paid his dues oya NFA go and kill yasef

  13. Concerned_Boyfriend

    February 11, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Good move Keshi.

  14. Say What?

    February 12, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Good move. Let the buffoons find someone else to to boss around

  15. Mr Mace

    February 12, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Wise Move Mr Keshi,Very Wise

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