LUKMAN OLOGUNRO |
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has stated that its decision to sack Stephen Keshi as the head coach of the Super Eagles was not about settling of scores with the coach.
“We have decided to relieve Keshi of his duty because there is urgent need to save Nigerian football. The decision was taken in the general interest of Nigerian football and it has nothing to do with settling of scores with the coach as being seen in some quarters,” Akinwunmi told Sports Hallmark on Sunday.
Before Keshi secured a two-year contract extension in April, he has been in a long-drawn battle with the NFF who were forced to hang-on with the coach by the Presidency after Nigeria’s failure to qualify for the 2015 AFCON in Gabon. Before the Nations Cup qualifying fiasco, he also clashed with the Galss House over contract renewal after the 2014 World Cup where he led Nigeria to the second-round in Brazil.
NFF 1st vice president, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi who released a statement on Keshi’s sask on Saturday evening said the Federation feels that it needed to take Nigerian football to a greater height declaring it is not convinced that Keshi is the right man with whom the dream can materialized.
Akinwunmi, who is also the boss of the Lagos FA,  had through a statement on behalf of the NFF said: “Having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ Head Coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to achieve the Federation’s objectives as set out in the Coach’s employment contract.”
The statement went further: “To this end and pursuant to the provisions of Clause 4.3 of the Employment Contract between Mr. Stephen Keshi and the NFF (The Contract) and the various clauses therein, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with the Federation with immediate effect.”
Akinwunmi reiterated that the action was not taken  with any prejudice but in the ultimate interest of Nigeria football.
Assistant coach Salisu Yusuf and newly-appointed technical Director Chaibu Amodu will be incharge of the team before a substantial coach is named.

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