Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Kwande Backs Keshi to Stay

A member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Executive Committee Suleiman Kwande yesterday pleaded with Nigerians to allow Super Eagles Head Coach Stephen Keshi to continue with the rebuilding of the national team.

Kwande, a member of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports, told Daily Trust after the Super Eagles semi-final qualification here that, before now he was one of the advocates for a foreign coach for the national team, but he has to drop the campaign, having seen the good work done by Keshi within the short period of time.

He said he was particularly impressed with the way the coach was able to blend the foreign-based stars with their home-based counterparts within a short spell of time.

"I watched the match and I am highly elated and impressed, it is good to see when you have an agenda and something in motion and you go ahead to implement it.

"We said we want a new Super Eagles and a coach who will blend the home-based with the foreign-based, and we did not expect to get the result so soon, we thought this will happen in two or three years, but here we have a coach that has started doing that, blending the home-based with the foreign-based.

"Look at the second goal, who will believe that it was a home-based player, playing against top players like Drogba. I think it is a very good omen for Nigeria football", he said.

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