13 February 2013

Nigeria: Keshi Withdraws Quit Notice

Super Eagles coach Stephen Keshi has rescinded his decision to quit as Nigeria coach.

Keshi sensationally resigned as coach after he guided the Super Eagles to a third Africa Cup of Nations triumph in Johannesburg on Sunday.

However, in a statement signed by the coach and made by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday, Keshi said he will continue as Eagles coach after an intervention by the Sports Minister Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.

"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," according to a statement signed by Keshi yesterday.

"I want to thank the Honourable Minister of Sports, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, for his swift and kind intervention."

The 51-year-old Keshi, who took over as Nigeria coach in November 2011, has a four-year contract.

The victorious Nigeria squad will be hosted to a special reception by the country's President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja later yesterday at the Presidential Villa.

With Agency Report

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