NFF To Block Keshi’s Move To South Africa
Acting President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mike Umeh insists that Stephen Keshi would be persuaded to stay on as coach of the Super Eagles.
Keshi’s contract with the NFF lapsed after the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with reports claiming that the trainer was set to take over as coach of South Africa’s national team, the Bafana Bafana.
Umeh, who took the reins of the NFF in acting capacity following the impeachment of former President, Aminu Maigari believes Keshi would be convinced to stay on as Nigeria’s head coach.
“We (NFF) want Keshi to stay. We love him and everyone knows he did a fantastic job with the Super Eagles,” Umeh told supersport.com.
The NFF chief added that he was “aware” of speculations linking Keshi to the vacant coaching post in South Africa while adding that “no stone will be left unturned” to dissuade Keshi from jumping ship.
“Well, like other Nigerians, I have heard about the rumours of Keshi taking over the Bafana Bafana but all those stories are rumours as far as I am concerned.
“We cannot force Keshi to coach Nigeria because as a grown man, we expect him to make independent decisions but on our part, we will leave no stone unturned in our desire to keep him here,” he said.
Keshi took over as Nigeria coach in 2011 from Samson Siasia who was sacked after failing to guide Nigeria to a place at the 2012 AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
Keshi led Nigeria to AFCON success as well as a place in the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.