16 February 2013

Nigeria: Why NFF, Keshi Must Work Together - Ogunjobi

Former Nigeria Football Federation, Nff Secretary general, Taiwo Ogunjobi has tasked the nation's soccer ruling body and the Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi to put behind the drama of the Africa Cup of Nations and consolidate on the triumphant return from South Africa 2013.

President Jonathan with the Afcon trophy pose with Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi at the reception

Keshi threw in his resignation after their 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso but later rescinded his decision after the presidential intervention through the sports minister, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi. The coach who entered the history books as the second African to win the trophy as captain and coach had accused the NFF bigwigs of undermining his position at the critical moment of the tournament.

Ogunjobi, a former national team player, stated that it was important that the two parties have a harmonious working relationship, if Nigeria were to make any impact at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"I expect them to put all that happened in South Africa behind and forge a harmonious working relationship. We won the Nations Cup and that was the overriding interest of all Nigerians.

"It is good that Mike Adenuga has offered Keshi all the incentives he needed to succeed. It will be good if the NFF support him as we look forward to the 2014 World Cup," said Ogunjobi in Lagos.

The Eagles surprised Nigerians who had written them off at the AFCON 2013 tournament, when they gallantly strode to the final and won 1-0 against Burkina Faso after a poor start to their campaign.

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