Reports have emerged that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) may have concluded plans to sack the embattled Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi and replace him with former coach of the national team, Samson Siasia.
The NFF hierarchy is believed not to have forgotten how Keshi’s threatened to dump Nigeria, shortly after the Eagles won the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.
This possibly explains why Keshi is yet to be offered a renewal to his contract, although it has been linked to the leadership tussle that engulfed the football federation.
Another reason why Keshi is believed to have still been around is because of the Minister of Sports, Tammy Danagogo, who has shown preference for Keshi.
“There are many factors standing in the way of Stephen Keshi to be re-appointed as the Eagles chief coach and I will give you a break-down but before that I must say that Keshi must be most grateful to the Honourable Sports Minister (Tammy Danagogo) for fighting for his retention as the chief coach,” an official of the Federation was quoted to have said by Goal.com
“The minister has never hidden his love and preference for him and he based it on Keshi’s past achievement which he said was more than necessary for him to continue his job. The minister still believes that the Eagles under Keshi could still bounce back and qualify for the 2015 AFCON in Morocco.
“But we at the NFF here know that the problem with the team is more than what we are seeing from the surface. Firstly, there is no commitment on the part of the players Keshi is parading for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and if something drastic is not done, Nigeria may not be among those nations that would campaign in Morocco 2015,” the source who pleaded anonymity revealed.
“We all know how Keshi threatened to dump the team in South Africa shortly after the Eagles won the 2013 Afcon. The controversies generated by this singular action of his put the NFF then in a bad light and so many other crises including the Eagles threatening not to play one of the qualifying matches for the last World Cup as well as during the World Cup proper when the players demanded for their bonuses are all crises that have put a negative mark on the NFF.
“So unless the National Sports Commission decides to use its veto powers, I don’t think Keshi would be retained as the Eagles coach. Even the N6 million that the minister said he is requesting for cannot be met by the NFF as a matter of fact. The NFF is broke for now and the crisis has not helped matters.
“The reason for the choice of Siasia is that the NFF cannot afford the salary and emoluments of a foreign coach now, so employing a foreign coach to replace Keshi now is out of the issue. But we will know precisely how it goes after Tuesday when NFF elections will take place,” he added.
By Yemi Adebowale