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AFCON 2015 Qualifiers: Keshi Alleges Sabotage on Super Eagles



Stephen Keshi - July 2014 -

Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles Head Coach on Monday raised alarm over plans by some individuals to sabotage the team’s qualifying campaign for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Eagles on Saturday lost to Sudan 0-1 in a match they needed to win, thereby endangering Nigeria’s qualification for the AFCON 2015.

It was also Sudan’s first goal in the qualifying race, having lost at home 3-0 to South Africa and humbled 2-0 in Congo Brazzaville.

It was Sudan’s first victory over the Super Eagles since 1967.

Keshi, however, told newsmen after the team’s training on Monday evening that some people were out to sabotage the team’s effort to qualify for the AFCON 2015 because of their personal interest.

“The criticism is not about the game, its propaganda. It’s something people just want to do to kill this team that we are trying to put together because of self interest.

“This is our country, we don’t have to sell it and it’s not for sale.

“If you don’t want to support us just keep quiet but if you are to contribute to their success, then come and cheer the team.

“If some people are going around sabotaging the team not to succeed, then, we are killing ourselves.

“If we don’t go to Morocco, you (journalists) are not going to be; Nigerians will only be watching other countries on television,’’ Keshi said.

The big boss, as Keshi is popularly called, noted that he had prepared for the worst case scenario should the team fail to qualify for the AFCON 2015.

He said that the call for his sack was not unusual as far as coaching was concerned.

“Coaches are employed and sacked; I have been to other countries and I have never been sacked but if it comes in Nigeria, no problem, I will take it.

“I have been here before in 2002 with Amodu Shuaibu, when we qualified the Super Eagles for the World Cup but we were asked to leave after winning third place at the AFCON in Mali.

“It’s not about the game; it’s about personal interest; so if tomorrow they say Keshi leave, no problem, I will go because about three countries are waiting.

“Nigeria is not the last place football will be played and it will not be the last place I will coach,’’ Keshi added.

He said the team was focused than ever to make Nigerians happy in Wednesday’s return-leg AFCON 2015 qualifying match against Sudan at the National Stadium Abuja.

Keshi also said that the players had resolved not to be distracted with the loss in Sudan but to use the return-leg encounter to put smiles on the faces of Nigerians.

The Eagles handler noted that the country would be the loser if the Super Eagles failed to qualify for the AFCON 2015.

This, he pointed out, would have defeated the aim of defending the trophy it won in 2013.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. The Bull

    October 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Nobody is sabotaging anything one win in 11 games is not good enough. Funny thing is this almost is how we played in the nations cup + individual brilliance from the likes of Moses.3 years with the National team now and the super eagles still have no pattern of play, just shooting long balls up front. Kudos on winning the nations cup but I think it’s time to step down. Rwanda, Niger or Lobi stars are looking for a manager atm

  2. halia

    October 14, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Keep positive! I’m still a FAN :0) Although I’m stilled baffled why the under 17 team doesn’t disappoint (which is great!), but the National senior team does… Hmm? De toute façon, bonne chance! #positivevibes #bisousxoxo #goseniorteam!

  3. Ijebu Boy

    October 15, 2014 at 3:25 am

    i like how he always threatens the country with all the numerous other countries begging him to come… bluff? who the hell knows? i guess when he finally leaves, we will see… cos he WILL leave. lol

  4. kid

    October 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Win or lose keshi ur time is up technically u ar ZERO!

  5. Mike israel steel

    October 19, 2014 at 11:50 am

    When the going was the the nigeria football federation was the income of keshi nobody es above mistake nd failure the shaibu amodu maybe after keshi must leave if we comment on success es very easy we can also try ignorant very easy but gve keshi a chance to do some tangible 4 ur naija……..when you are a champion people will like to poise yr clean shit check spain nd also brazil the might are fallin except those whom are strong to face their challenger on the battlefield can suceed.

  6. dickson moses

    October 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Firing you does not change any in you big boss (keshi) if this way closed a better one open ,

    Is not easy for a defending champion in their next game, because. All the team will train harder and put their focus on them

    But success. To you all super eagle

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