I can do without Eagles job, says Keshi
Super Eagles head coach Stephen Keshi has
shrugged off the issue surrounding his contract
extension with the country’s football federation,
NFF saying his “destiny” is not tied to the Super
The African champions face their Congolese
counterparts, the Red Devils, at the Stade
Municipal in Pointe-Noire in a 2015 Africa Cup of
Nations qualifying match this Saturday which
Nigeria must win by a two-goal margin to put life
back into their hopes of defending their title.
The 52-year-old coach is yet to be offered a new contract since his
first deal with the Nigeria Football Federation
(NFF) elapsed after the 2014 Fifa World Cup in
But Keshi has now stated that contract talks is not
an issue at the moment. He added that his future
is not dependent on the Nigeria head coach job.
The former Mali and Togo manager believes there
is life after managing the Super Eagles should he
not be handed a contract at the end of the 2015
“I don’t think it is proper to say my fate is tied to
this (Nigeria) job. My concern right now is the
game against Congo, and not whether I will still be
in charge of this team after the match against
Congo or South Africa.
“I think you all need to stop this because my
destiny is not tied to Nigeria. I came from
somewhere (to take up the Nigeria job). It is
wrong to say my destiny is tied here because this
country is bigger than any individual. If I am not
the Super Eagles head coach today, my life will
still go on. Also there are other places where I can
go if I stopped being the coach of this country.
“But right now, I have a job to do and that is to
ensure that the team qualifies the country for the
Nations Cup. God forbid if we don’t qualify what
will happen? It will not only affect Stephen Keshi,
it will also affect you and every other Nigerian
who love this sport. So I think this is not about
Stephen Keshi but about Nigeria. All I want from
my countrymen is to pray for the team and not
me because I am just one man,” Keshi told
journalists in Abuja, on Wednesday.
Keshi has been in charge of the African
champions since November 2001 and has
overseen more than 50 matches as the Nigeria
head coach, including their 2013 Afcon triumph
and appearance at the 2014 World Cup.
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