Ex-Super Eagles Coach, Onigbinde advises Keshi to quit


For over a month, rumours have been making rounds that the NFF now could not decide on Keshi’s future because they were under pressure to retain the coach.

According to reports: Keshi’s contract with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) expired in summer, however with the start of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, Keshi continued with coaching the Super Eagles on an interim basis.

As Super Eagles could not qualify for AFCON 2015, many blamed the issues on Keshi. Infact, many fans including Nigerians Abroad urged the Nigerian Super Eagles Coach to quit saying he could not deliver his best enough to remain as Coach.

According to Onigbinde, he personally wrote Keshi and urged him to politely thank the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, and bow out honourably.

Onigbinde said:

“On the very day the presidency asked him to return to his job I personally sent him a text message to politely thank Mr president for the offer and bow out honourably and quietly, too.

“Keshi respectfully replied the text message thanking me and that was it as he went ahead with the two remaining 2015 AFCON qualifying matches against Congo and South Africa, I’m sure the rest is history.

“I volunteered the advice to Keshi because I understand that he won’t work with the presidency but a different set of people as well as an entirely different environment.

“Now that others have picked up the calls I’ve the privilege to have said over two months ago I won’t like to engage in an exercise that will appear repetitious so that I won’t be accused of having interest in the whole matter.

“I’m not used to presssurising people to act in certain way, I’ve passed my view directly to him, I don’t need to pressurize him further on same thing.”

The former coach continued with stating that the core of problems in the country’s football lies in the management.

“The major problem of football in the land is administration, I’ve written several papers on the need for a virile technical department which is key to football development.

“In other lands it’s called technical and development department because without development then everybody could as well go to sleep.

“I suggested that some people be trained as match analysts but the persons I saw on the list the NFF wants to train made me to laugh.

“The major mistakes we keep repeating are to assume that ex-footballers are automatic administrators, it’s quite wrong. “Jose Mourinho and Arrigo Sacchi weren’t star players but you can’t rival their administrative and technical finesse. “Being a star player doesn’t make you sound administrator or technical expert, it’s clearly a special calling.”




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