A member of the Nigeria Football Federation has disclosed more reasons why coach Stephen Keshi’s contract was not renewed by the federation.
The official who is part of Nigeria’s delegation to the ongoing African Women Championship in Namibia, alleged that some of the players Keshi invited to the national team, were those he had personal interest in.
“We found out that some of the players he invited were those under managers close to him.
“He was taking risk by not inviting players on merit. This was not very good for our football.
“He did not have the interest of the nation at heart. This is one of the reasons the NFF had no option than to let him go.” said the NFF member here in Windhoek.
Last Thursday the NFF decided against renewing Keshi’s contract, which expired after the World Cup. After he won the Nations Cup for Nigeria and took the country to a second round finish for the first time in 20 years, Keshi’s interest on the job seem to have waned, he was called upon by the Sports minister, Tammy Danango to fill the gap for the Nations Cup qualifiers, but that seem to have worked against the country as Keshi, despite the fact that team continued to struggle, left out some players who many Nigerian fans believed could have helped the team’s qualification campaign.
“Nigerians were clearly not happy with his decision to shut out some players. His excuses were untenable. But because we didn’t want to interfere, we let him carry on and now we are back on a familiar trend of basing our possible qualification on permutations.”
He said a player like Kelechi Iheancho was too young to play for the Eagles. When it was obvious the Eagles lacked a creative midfielder. But how old was Keshi when he was invited to the national team. These are some of the things we could not come to terms with,” said the NFF member.