31 January 2013

Nigeria: Apa Utd GM Wants More Time for Keshi

Contrary to the growing demand for a foreign coach, the General Manager of Nigeria National League side, Apa United FC, Mr. Harry Yach has called on Nigerians to give Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi more time to build a formidable team for the country.

Super Eagles recorded their first victory at the ongoing 2013 AFCON in South Africa on Tuesday against Ethiopia after two draws against Burkina Faso and Zambia.

Disappointed Nigerian football fans and even officials of the Nigeria Football Federation quickly made calls for an expatriate coach to be employed to take over from Keshi.

However, speaking to Daily Trust yesterday, the retired football referee said those who are calling for the sack of the coach were not being fair to him as he argued that the coach has done enough to deserve some respect from his critics.

He said since Keshi has not hidden the fact that he is rebuilding the national team, he needs the cooperation of every Nigerian to succeed.

Yachi maintained that people talk about the 1994 Super Eagles but the all conquering team was not built in a day because it took Dutchman Clemence Westerhof years to discover and groom the players.

"I am not in support of calls for coach Keshi to be sacked. How can we call for the sack of the coach even as his team is progressing in the 2013 AFCON?.

"He should be given time to build a new team for the nation. Already he said he is rebuilding and I have never seen where a national team is rebuilt in one year. It took Westerhof so many years to build the 1994 squad. If Nigerians could wait patiently for him to succeed, we should be ready to give our own the same time.

Yachi said Keshi has done what many coaches before him could not do so even if he fails to win the 2013 AFCON, he should be allowed to continue with the good job he is doing.

"Under Keshi, we can boast of new players. Today we have players like Godfrey Oboabona, Sunday Mba, Solomon Kwambe, Onazi Ogenyi, and a host of other youngsters to look up to".

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