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Stephen Keshi sacked as Super Eagles coach!!

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday night sacked Stephen Keshi as Nigeria’s Super Eagles coach and relieved his assistants � Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorounmu � of their duties.

The decision was reached following an executive committee meeting held in Abuja.

In a communiqué signed by Suleiman Yahaya-Kwande, the NFF commended Keshi and his assistants for their achievements in the past three years.

�We praise their glorious accomplishments to the senior national team in the past three years and hailed Stephen Keshi, Daniel Amokachi and Ike Shorounmu as true national heroes. However, in the interest of Nigeria football and the desire to ensure qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Committee decided to relieve them of their duties with immediate effect,” the communiqué disclosed.

Keshi has received a lot of flak in recent times for the poor performance of the Super Eagles at the on-going Nations Cup qualifiers.

The Committee has therefore unanimously approved the appointment of a consortium of coaches to lead the Super Eagles for the two concluding matches of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series (against Congo in Brazzaville and against South Africa in Uyo), after which an expatriate Coach will be appointed.

The consortium, led by Amodu Shaibu, also has Salisu Yusuf, Gbenga Ogunbote and Aloysius Agu. The team also has a new Coordinator in former international Garba Lawal, while Toyin Ibitoye was appointed as the new Media Officer. Godfirst Chike also took over as the new equipment manager. Team Secretary, Enebi Achor, was retained.

Also, former Super Eagles head coach,. Samson Siasia, was appointed as the new head coach of the U-23 Men’s team. He will be assisted by Fatai Amoo, while the Technical and Development Committee is to recommend the other members of the crew.

However, in recognition of Keshi’s administrations’ contribution to Nigerian football, the NFF approved that the trio of Keshi, Amokachi and Shorounmu can proceed to any coaching course of their choice in any country to build their capacity, at the expense of the NFF.

�All their entitlements will be paid within the next fortnight,” the communiqué added.


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