Nigeria sack Keshi
Nigeria have sacked Stephen Keshi, ending the unsettled relationship between the federation and the head coach.
The 53-year-old, who only three months ago signed a two-year contract with the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), has been relieved of his duties for “lack of commitment” after allegedly applying for the vacant Ivory Coast head coach job.
“Having thoroughly reviewed the reports/findings of the NFF Disciplinary Committee and NFF Technical and Development Committee, as well as having reviewed the actions and inactions of Mr. Stephen Keshi, in the performance of his duties as Super Eagles’ head coach, which we found to lack the required commitment to achieve the Federation’s objectives as set out in the coach’s employment contract,” read a statement on the NFF’s official website.
“To this end, the Nigeria Football Federation has decided to exercise its option to summarily terminate the employment contract of Mr. Stephen Keshi with the Federation with immediate effect.”
Keshi was first appointed as Nigeria coach in 2011 before resigning two years later, but then reversed his decision as he continued until the 2014 World Cup. He was replaced by Shaibu Amodu in October last year, but then re-instated two weeks later, yet after failing to take Nigeria to Afcon 2015, was replaced by interim coach Daniel Amokachi, before being handed another chance, signing a two-year deal this April.
Following his most recent dismissal, the NFF announced that assistant coach Salisu Yusuf will take charge until a new head coach is named.
“In the interim, the Super Eagles’ team affairs will be jointly managed by assistant coach Salisu Yusuf and the Technical Directorate of the NFF headed by Shaibu Amodu, until the Federation names a new head coach,” said NFF vice-president Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi.
A replacement is set to be announced as early as next week.