13 February 2013

Nigeria: Keshi Makes U-Turn, Stays As Nigeria Coach

Coach Stephen Keshi has dumped the idea of resigning as Nigeria coach. The Super Eagles coach yesterday said he has decided against resigning his post. Keshi after leading Nigeria to their first Africa Cup of Nations crown since 1994 was reported to have put up his resignation just hours after he lifted the trophy.

Keshi had offered to quit after Sunday night's defeat of Burkina Faso, following disputes with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) it was reported. "I am pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and have decided to continue with my job," Keshi said in a statement. Keshi took charge of Nigeria in 2011.

The 51-year-old, who became only the second man to win the Nations Cup as both a coach and a player on Sunday, paid tribute to Nigeria's Sports Minister Bolaji Abdullahi for helping to resolve his rift with the NFF. After meeting with Abdullahi in the early hours of yesterday in Johannesburg, the former Nigeria captain rescinded his decision to quit. "I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention. My attention has been drawn to reports in the media that I have resigned my appointment as the Head Coach of Super Eagles of Nigeria. While I have had cause to express my displeasure over some issues that happened in the course of our participation in the AFCON 2013, which my team won by the grace of God, especially concerning my relationship with the Nigerian Football Federation. I have since had opportunity to discuss the various issues with all concerned. I am therefore pleased to say that I have reconsidered my position and have decided to continue with my job," Keshi said.

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