Stephen Keshi to handle the Super Eagles for t two Afcon qualifiers in September
from Nigeria’s government
Contract talks with the incoming NFF ExCo will resume after the qualifiers against Congo and RSA
Nigeria senior national team coach, Stephen Keshi, will resume duty tomorrow after reaching an agreement with the country’s sports minister, Tammy Danagogo, to handle the side next month so as to avert “a disaster”.
The Super Eagles start the defence of the Africa Cup of Nations title it won last year, next month. The African champions will hosts Congo in Calabar on September 6 before traveling to Cape Town, to face ‘Bafana Bafana’ of South Africa four days later.
Keshi’s manager and brother, Emmanuel Ado, said: “I want to announce that we have reached an agreement between Keshi and the minister of sport. The agreement is all about Nigeria. And as a patriotic Nigerian, Keshi has no choice than to answer to the appeal of Mr. President. “Talks will resume after the two matches, but my client and brother has agreed to take charge of the games, so as to avert any form of disaster.”
Contract renewal talks between the 52-year-old coach’s agents and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were at an advanced stage before recent crises distorted the atmosphere in Nigerian football.
However, the general assembly of the NFF will on Tuesday in Abuja- earlier scheduled for Warri before change- deliberate on the coach’s future with the senior national team.
Elections into the executive committee of the NFF are expected to be conducted within a fortnight, meaning the incoming ExCos sill be saddled with the responsibility of channeling a way forward for the national team- with or without the Afcon 2013-winning coach.
The 2015 Afcon is scheduled for Morocco from January 17 to February 8.